What’s Your Excuse?

So, you think God can’t use you.

You think God can’t use you because ________________?

What’s your excuse?  You think God doesn’t want you to be a part of His plan?   You think He doesn’t have something awesome planned for you to do? You think serving Him would be boring and uneventful? You’re just not into serving at church?

Are you simply warming a pew on Sunday? Don’t think you’re equipped for what someone’s asking you to do?

Do you tell yourself somebody else is better at it than I am? I could never do what they want me to do? I’m too (old? fat? skinny? weak? poor? Ill-equipped? busy? tired?) I don’t know enough about the Bible to teach? I’ve got to clean up my act before God would think about using me? I’ve done too many bad things in my life? I’ve been in jail? I’m just not the material God is looking for to do His work?
Other_____________________________________________?

When it comes to finding out where God is working and joining Him in His work, we can offer some great excuses why we’re not the right person for the job. God chooses the ones He wants to do His will. And He has equipped them with everything they need to succeed at everything He asks them to do. Then He offers them the chance to do what He asks. Sometimes the people He chooses make absolutely no sense to us at all.  For instance:

  • Noah was a drunk
  • Abraham was too old
  • Isaac was a daydreamer
  • Leah was ugly
  • Ruth was an outcast
  • Joseph was abused
  • Moses killed a man
  • Samson was a womanizer
  • Rahab was a prostitute
  • Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
  • David was an adulterer and a murderer
  • Elijah was suicidal
  • Jonah ran from God
  • Naomi was a widow
  • Jacob lied to his father and stole from his brother
  • John the Baptist ate bugs
  • Peter denied Christ
  • The Disciples fell asleep while praying
  • Matthew was a thief and a cheat
  • Martha was a worry wart
  • The Samaritan woman was married and divorced five times and was living with a sixth man
  • Zaccheus was too small
  • Paul was too religious and persecuted God’s people

Yet, God used all these people, some in small roles, some in great roles, some in public arenas, some in quiet places. If you’re an authentic follower of Jesus, guess what? God already chose you to love Him and serve Him. He will equip you with whatever knowledge or tools you need to complete the tasks He has for you.

Will His will be done if you choose to respond to Him with an excuse rather than a willing heart and spirit? Sure. But you’ll miss out on the blessings He has for you when you choose to honor Him with your service. So find out where He’s at work and join Him in His work. Unless, of course, you’d rather offer Him an excuse rather than your talents, gifts and abilities, which you got from Him anyway. You come fully equipped.

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About Steven Sawyer

I am an authentic follower of Jesus. Not a fan. A follower. I consider myself a disciple of Jesus. God gifted me with writing skills I employed during my three decades in business. I now use God's writing gifts to glorify Him on my blog. With the words God gives me, I want to help us all know, understand, believe and live out of our true identity in Christ.
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7 Responses to What’s Your Excuse?

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  3. Lyn Leahz says:

    Love this Steve! I have a friend I went to school with who feels he is too slow in his mind to ever be used by God and I was trying to explain these things to him! I will definitely refer him to this post. God bless you!

  4. Amanda Beth says:

    Love the comment above!! I definitely wouldn’t have chose me to do what I am doing. In fact, when I started writing I sent out a survey for my book. The survey had grammars errors all over and commas after the word “and.” Those who answered my survey had to think,”Why on earth is she writing a book?” I quickly learned God “calls” us first, then He “equips” us. God spoke to me Hebrews 10:35-36 when I started following His plan to write books and blogs: “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” He uses that verse to remind me my confidence needs to be in His ability, not my own.
    Thanks again for this wonderful reminder. God bless you:)

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Wow! God is SO awesome.
      I really needed to hear that verse specifically, just at this moment. Do we serve an awesome God or what? That’s a great verse. And, as you know, I can rejoice with you about what God is doing in and through you for His glory. Not because if anything I did, but what God did. Praise God!

  5. Steven Sawyer says:

    What awesome thoughts! I don’t know what else God is up to with you, but He has allowed your writing to influence lots of folks here at CB. I’m so grateful for your insight, your ministry and your writing that blesses me each time I read you. God is richly blessing you, and the folks who read your blogs. And you, at 71 give me, at 65, encouragement that God may still have me blogging for years to come. What a blessing THAT is. Thanks again. “It’s all because of Him”. God bless.

  6. Steven, when I think back to everything I have done in my Christian life, or look at some photos of constructions, young people etc, or look around my office at shelves and shelves of lesson and camp materials, I just shake my head in wonder.

    I know that **I** did not achieve those astounding things, but my gracious God chose to endow me with special gifts and talents and the ability to use them for His glory. The credit is HIS and His alone.

    When it became necessary for me to withdraw from that ministry, I was devastated. From being active long, long hours, to having nothing to do was a shock. I thought I was ‘on the shelf’ and my ministry was over. God has other plans and it wasn’t too long before He revealed them to me.

    Too old? No way! God says that at 76 I am still learning, and He has kept me busy in new and exciting ministries.

    What a privilege ! ! !
    What an amazing God ! ! !

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