How many of you know that God has power? Like, serious power. Power as in, think it and it’s done. He could imagine what it would be like if the trees floated in the sky and clouds grew out of the ground and it would be done, just like that. He literally can do anything.
Because we have accepted Christ as our savior and Lord, God has promised us that whatever he has is ours. He promises that he will let his power flow through us. Obviously, God will not be used for personal gain. You can’t make a bet that you can make a pencil float in the air and expect God to do it. God doesn’t do stupid things either, like making other people slap themselves. No, God will only demonstrate his power through you if it lines up with his will.
So, what is his will? The simple answer is to grow his kingdom. His kingdom grows by destroying evil. Anything that is short of what God originally created it to be has been influenced by evil. If a baby is born blind, it has been attacked by evil forces. The best part is, you can destroy the evil force that is affecting that child.
But… Why don’t we see the lame walk, the blind see, and the mute speak?
I’m getting to that…
God’s presence is concentrated on His throne. Yes, he exists everywhere, but, if this makes sense, he exists in a greater measure on his throne. He can also exist in greater measures in specific places. (That’s why God’s presence can be said to be at one church and not another. His presence is always there, but just in a greater measure at that specific place.) But, his presence is most concentrated at His throne.
When you live your life you can either choose to walk on the edge of heaven, or walk by the throne. (metaphorically, of course)
What I mean is, you have two choices:
You can choose to get away with whatever you can and still be saved.
You can choose to do whatever you can to get closer to God.
Walking on the edge of heaven is the first choice; You can rationalize, “I can watch a PG-13 movie and still go to heaven, even though it has a bunch of cuss words in it and highly suggestive material.”
Walking by the throne is the second choice, where you decide, “Although I may be able to get away with watching a PG-13 movie and still go to heaven, it definitely will not help me get any closer to God and it might even push me away from him.”
Here is the deep thought: The closer you walk to the throne, the more God can use you to advance His kingdom.
If you have ever wanted to have God use you, but don’t understand why He doesn’t, it is because you need to change your mindset. You need to stop thinking, “What can I get away with?” and start thinking, “What can I do to get closer to God?”
I promise you, if you are a Christian and you start thinking like that, God will be able to use you much more than he could before. Of course, it isn’t enough to think like that; you actually have to do something about it. It won’t help you any if you believe that reading your Bible will make you grow closer to God. You actually have to read your Bible.
If you need some help getting started, here are some ideas:
Pray. A lot. Not prayers only for God to help you with something, but prayers for other things too. God is not impressed when all you ever pray for is for him to help you get an A on a test when you didn’t study. Pray for your family. Pray for your neighbors. Pray for your nation. Pray for your leaders. Pray just for the sake of praying – it could just be telling God how your day went and how you felt when your co-worker spilled his coffee on your laptop and totally killed it. Odds are, if you just tell God how your day went, He will end up teaching you through it. Like, if you socked the guy in the mouth, God might tell you that you need to work on your anger issues.
Read your Bible. A lot. Not just “a chapter a day keeps the devil away.” Spend quality time in the Word. Ask God what He meant by, “a new covenant.” Pick apart te scripture and figure out what you can learn from their successes and failures. I would advise starting your day out with reading the Bible, because it helps you make better decisions throughout the day. Yes, reading the Bible at night still helps you grow, but, as Hudson Taylor says,
“Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.”
One thing that I’ve started doing is blessing people – just walking by someone and asking God to cause them to have a prosperous day and that they would be touched by Him. (Silently, of course. Please don’t go out and pray a blessing over someone out loud, unless God tells you to.)
If you start doing these things, I promise you will grow closer to God. As for whether God will use you, that is up to Him. But, by growing closer to Him, you make yourself more usable when He wants to use you, if that makes sense.