What is the best ability to have in ministry? Is it the ability to lead people? Is it the ability to make good decisions?
Is it the ability to build a solid volunteer team? Is it the ability to communicate well? Is it the ability to coordinate great events?
These are all great abilities to have. But there's one ability that catches God's eye more than anything else. What is it?
The Bible says this in 2 Chronicles 16:9: "The LORD's eyes keep on roaming throughout the earth, looking for those whose hearts completely belong to Him, so that He may strongly support them."
Above all else, God looks for people who will make themselves available to be used by Him.
Isaiah is a great example of this. Look what it says in Isaiah 9:6: "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?" And I said: "Here am I. Send me!"
If you want to make an impact, if you want to be used by God, then simply say to God what Isaiah said, "Here am I. Send me!"
God knows you. He knows where you are. He knows your heart. He knows that you want to be used for kingdom work. All you need to do is whisper those four words to Him and He will use you more than you could ever imagine.
When you do this, you will move from just natural abilities to supernatural abilities that will have people watching God do a great work through you.
Many of us have been told that we are not gifted enough to do ministry. That our personality is not good enough. That our leadership qualities are lacking. That we don't have what it takes. And to be honest, often it is coming from ourselves. We've been overlooked so many times that we begin to doubt if we are worthy enough to be used by God.
Turn those negative thoughts off. You have a God who can take your life and change the world.
Most of the people in the Bible were not able to be used by God if you look at their life through a natural lens.
Jeremiah said he couldn't talk well.
Gideon said his family were the nobodys of the tribes.
Peter was a fisherman with a bad temper.
And Paul ... look what he said.
"And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power."
Yes, you can be used of God in a great way. All He is waiting to hear is, "Here am I Lord, send me."
For the original article, visit relevantchildrensministry.com.
Dale Hudson is a ministry builder. As a children's pastor, he has helped build some of the largest and fastest-growing children's ministries in the country. At Cross Church, he led the children's ministry to double in size. At Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, he helped the church grow from 8,000 to 16,000 in four years with the majority of the growth coming from reaching unchurched families.
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