Mar. 31 - Nate Porter, Things for a Great God
A lot of well-intentioned Christians go out into the world thinking, “Today I will do something great for God,” but focus is on the “I” in that sentence, not “God.” Don’t forget that God doesn’t need us to accomplish what He’s working on, but if we allow Him to use us as part of His plan, we will see Him move in unbelievable ways!
God is able to take the small things we do and make them great for His kingdom; all we need to do is make ourselves available to Him. If you remember one thing from Nate’s sermon on Sunday, make it this, “Understand it’s not our job to do great things for God, but to do things for a Great God.”
Joseph was sold to slave traders by his brothers, then later found himself imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. After two years in prison, this happened:
Genesis 41:9-16 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.”
So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.
Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”
“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”
If you spent two years in prison as an innocent man and suddenly found yourself face-to-face with the person who might be able to free you, what would you do? I think most of us would take the opportunity to plead our case and beg for release, but not Joseph. Instead he listened to Pharaoh’s request and then he spoke. Joseph didn’t say “Watch this, Pharaoh, I’m going to blow your mind with what I can do!” Instead he humbly and faithfully acknowledged that God would use him, then he allowed himself to become part of the Lord’s plan.
For some people, we may envision ourselves traveling to India to start an orphanage. Or maybe we hope to become a world-famous, dynamic pastor of a megachurch. Or perhaps our dream is to become the next Christian star like Lauren Daigle.
So have you researched orphanages in India, written a single sermon, or stood on stage to sing in front of anyone? If you’re not in the habit of doing small things for God every day, how will you be prepared for when he calls you to do something big? Don’t plan to do something great in the spotlight, when you’re not willing to do little things for God that may go unnoticed. All those small yeses, the little pieces of integrity, along our paths will make it that much easier for us to say yes when God puts something big in our path.
So what are you doing to allow God to use you?
Our goal in life shouldn’t be to deny our neighbors, pick up our comforts, and follow our dreams. Instead we must deny ourselves, pick up our crosses and follow Him.*
*Citation – that quote comes from some guy that Nate read somewhere, but doesn’t remember his name. :)