Who’s Using Whom?

By: Steve Huston

 

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” (1 Corinthians 1:27)

It’s not we that are great, it’s our God. If God’s Spirit abides within us and we are led by Him, it’s He that will move men, not us moving them.  Always remember that we are but a vessel to be filled and to be used in the Master’s hand for His and His Kingdom’s sake. Many mighty works were done through Moses; but Moses was not mighty, our God was.

A vital question looms before us today: Is God using us or are we using Him? I think I can best help you, dear reader, understand my question with the following illustration.

Many years ago one of England’s leading actors was at a social function when he consented to do a recitation for the other guests.  An aged minister requested that the actor recite the Twenty- Third Psalm.

This great actor looked strangely at the old minister for some time, then agreed to do so, on one condition; once he had finished the recitation, the minister would do the same.

The leading actor was impressive, with perfect intonation and sweeping voice; the audience was spellbound and thunderous applause erupted from the crowd as he finished.

The aged minister stood to fulfill his end of the deal. His voice was not remarkable and his intonation was far from perfect.  There was no applause when he finished; but there was not one dry eye in the room.  As a matter of fact, many heads and hearts were bowed in reverential awe.

The actor rose to his feet, voice shaking with uncontrollable emotion.  Laying his hand on the aged minister, he said to the audience, “I have reached your eyes and ears, my friends.  This man has reached your hearts.  The difference is just this: I know the twenty- third Psalm, but he knows the Shepherd.”

Dear Reader, the actor was using God and His Word, while God used the aged minister. You see, it’s not so much about how well we sing, preach, write, or whatever it is that we do. Are we doing it for God or for ourselves; are we drawing men to us or to Christ? Are we using God or is He using us?

 

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