“What advice would you give me as young man wanting to be fully used by God?”
I get this question a lot, and my answer is always the same.
Pursue Him; don’t pursue usefulness to Him.
God is not looking for gifted people to use. He is looking for people who know that “apart from Him they can do nothing”. This is good news for the myriad who are convinced they are “one talent people” who have been denied the intellect of Lewis, the passion of Piper, the daring of Driscoll, or the platform of Tebow. God is not looking for great men. He is and always has been looking for faithful men. Not men who say they love Him, who want to be used by Him, who want to “do something great for God”. He is looking for those who know He is sufficient in all things.
Men who know that stutterers and sticks are enough for God to deliver nations.
Men who know that slings and stones in the hands of servants of the King slay giants.
Not men who talk about what God + nothing can do, but men who know that 10 talents – God can do nothing.
Solomon reminds us that “many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but who can find a trustworthy man?” (Prov 20:6) He isn’t looking for people who give Him lip service, He is looking for men who fill their lips and hearts with HIS word.
It is the bane of gifted “type A’s” to charge ahead full of good intentions and passion without great dependence and constant prayer.
It is the bad of all of us to consider our apparent lack of gifts or resources to be a hindrance to an all sufficient God. Our God loves the impossible and He majors in using the impoverished to do impossible things.
I have purposed to base my ministry on the truth of 2 Chronicles 16:9, believing God is not looking for the strongly gifted, but the strongly surrendered to support.
The question that haunts me every day is this: “If I were an all-sufficient God concerned with advancing my glory for the good of all, would I support Todd Wagner as a vessel for my purposes?” My ministry rises and falls with God’s thoughts on that question.
I’m more grateful for grace than I am for my gifts. How about you?