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Why So Few People Ever Become Missionaries Part 8

Why So Few People Ever Become Missionaries: We Believe God Could Never Use Us!

II Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…

Most Christians have the mindset that they could never be used of God. There is no way they are good enough or have the talent to be used of God. Yet, the verse above tells us that God is looking around the whole world to find someone to show Himself strong in their life. If you look, the only qualification for God working and showing Himself strong in your life is to have a heart that is perfect toward Him. Basically that means, you are just willing to trust God and follow Him only. That means that anyone who is willing to step out in faith and trust God, God can and will show Himself strong in their lives. So often, we have excuses of why God couldn’t use me. Let’s look in Exodus 3 and 4 and see a man who gave God plenty of excuses (and many of these we still use today) and what God has to say about them.

  1. Who am I, that you could use me, God? Exodus 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt is what Moses say, but God says this: Ex 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: Moses was saying, he was nobody and how could God use him; but God said He would be with him. As Christians today, we often say “Who am I, for God to use me?” and God looks at us and says, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” and “Lo, I am with you alway!”
  2. They will not hear what I have to say: Exodus 4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee is what Moses said and God responded by asking him what was in his hand and showing him that He could use him and that He had sent him! Many times, we think that the people will not hear what we have to say or they will ask, who sent us.  The truth is they may not hear what we have to say, but we have been commanded to go and God says that His word will not return void. So stop worrying about the fact that they might not listen and obey the command of God and see Him work in ways only He could work.
  3. I cannot speak: Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue is what Moses said, and God responded in verses 11 and 12: And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. Just like Moses did, so often we say there is no way I can speak to people or learn another language. Yet, God looks at us and says, who made your mouth? I will be with your mouth and help teach you what to say! If we trust God, He will help us know what to say. If we work hard at the language, God can help us learn the language!

The list of excuses we give could go on, but the truth is let’s stop with the excuses and begin to realize God can really use you. No matter who you are or what you have done,  if you step out in faith and trust Him, He will show himself strong in your life!

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