February 9

TODAY IS…

a great day to allow God to use you.

“As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in a tax collector’s booth; and He said to him, ‘Follow Me!’ And he got up and followed Him.”  Matthew 9:9 NASB

There is something in each of us that God wants to use; something we have learned through our experiences in life that we can share with others to benefit them or help them grow as Christians. Many of us are prone to diminishing our usefulness to God, thinking that we are just common people with average everyday experiences. Others, perhaps, have experienced tremendous trials, tribulations or sorrows that we may feel are too deeply personal or embarrassing to share with others. Possibly we feel that our sins have been too great to enable us to be of use to Him. We may think that these are private matters that are ours alone, but if we allow God free reign over our hearts, we may find Him using our experiences to assist others in their time of need. These things we wish to keep to ourselves may be just the thing needed to help someone else find the correct path before they have wandered too far down the wrong one.

It is not our place to question God’s needs, His motives or His methods. It is our place to trust Him to use us in a manner that will please Him and allow us to fulfill our obligations to Him and to ourselves; to reach out to others that they may benefit from the truth of our experiences.

It is a well-documented fact that God has made great use of those who may be considered common, ordinary or average. It is also a well-known fact that He has made great use of those who have suffered and those who have sinned.

God used Joseph, who was a slave, to save Egypt and his family.

God used Moses, a shepherd as well as a murderer, to lead Israel out of its bondage to Egypt.

God used David, a shepherd boy, to be Israel’s greatest king.

God used Esther, who was a slave girl, to save her people.

God used Peter, a fisherman, to be an Apostle and a leader of the early church.

God used Matthew, a tax collector (an altogether despised occupation even then) to be an Apostle and Gospel writer.

God used Mary, a peasant girl, to be the mother of Christ.

AND God sent and used His Son, Jesus, a humble carpenter, to provide salvation to the world.

If we open our hearts to God and allow Him to use us, we will be able to add our names to this list of incredibly common people.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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2 Responses to February 9

    • Tony Casson says:

      Thank you.

      In another comment you used the term ‘mesmerizing’ to describe my posts. I would disagree, but appreciate your kindness. Yours, on the other hand, more accurately fits that description. One could get lost just in the photos themselves, but the beauty of the photos is just a shadow of the beauty of the words that lie underneath them.

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