Not long after giving my life to Christ, sitting with my small group discussing mission trips, I vividly remember a feeling of sheer terror. I didn’t want God to send to me off to Africa or some third world country. At church we’d often here a song with lyrics “Here I am Lord, use me”. I had difficulties singing that song. After all, I was tired of being used by the world, why would I want the Lord to use me too?
But God is good and not because He didn’t send me to Africa! God is good because He’s God. It is a holy privilege to serve the true and living God. Sure, I didn’t think so when I first believed. However, God has a habit of changing the way you think. Look at Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” The Bible instructs us to not conform to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. I just love that part of the verse. When your mind has been renewed you will have the proper godly perspective to understand the will of God.
Day by day, little by little, God’s Word changes how we think. It realigns our thoughts to His thoughts. We find ourselves starting to care about He cares about. We become thankful for all He has done for us. We are humble and grateful to help where ever is needed. Today, more than 10 years later, I can honestly say I’d love to go a mission trip and take my sons with me. Who knows? It may happen. In fact, I’ve been communicating with Good Hope Church in Kenya, who ask me to come. The opportunity of going isn’t terrifying either! It would be an honor and a blessing to go. I’m just another example of Romans 12:2 – my mind has been renewed!
What about you? Do you want to be used by the Lord? If not, why?
Lord thank you for your Word that straightens us out and shows us the pathway to life. Enable us to see things from your perspective and be willing to help where ever is needed. Renew our minds, Lord that we may say with enthusiasm “here I am Lord, use me.” In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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