When someone commits their life to Jesus, there seems to be a common desire we all have. We want to be used by God. That may be at church, in our family, at work or at school. Regardless of where, we feel that we are “better or stronger” Christians if God is using us. When we don’t feel like God is using us, we become frustrated and discouraged. If we really want to serve God, but don’t feel like we are being used, we need to ask ourself a question. Is God really not using us, or are we just not listening to what God is asking us to do?
While I was reading this morning in Acts 22:6-10, I read about Saul’s (soon to be Paul) encounter with Jesus. Beginning in verse 6 we read, ” 6 “Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. 7 And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ 8 So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 “And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. 10 So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’”
There are many, many, many sermons that have been given on this scripture. In fact, there are ministries and other programs specifically named after this passage. As I was reading this morning, however, 5 words jumped out at me — “what shall I do, Lord?”. When Saul had met Jesus, his first question to Jesus was “what shall I do”. I was reminded that we too must be like Saul/Paul. I believe that we need to ask Jesus the same daily. “What shall I do, Lord?” This can apply to trials/issues that we are encountering, this may be with direction we are seeking for a decision to be made, and it is the request that we should make when we want to be used to proclaim the Good News. Sometimes, we might not be used in ministry because we haven’t asked Jesus for direction. We go off doing what we think is right, what we think God may want, but we fail to ask Him.
If you have a desire to be used in ministry, to evangelize, to reach out to the lost/broken, first ask 5 simple words — “what shall I do, Lord?”. God has many plans for each of us to further His Kingdom. It is our responsibility, however, to make sure we are seeking wisdom and guidance from Him and only Him. Saul’s plan was to go and kill Christians that day. God’s plan was for Paul to save Jews and Gentiles. Which plan do you think was better? Pray those 5 simple words daily — “what shall I do, Lord?”.
I pray for blessings for you today on your Journey!