12/10/07

Womb for God


What is the most important prayer for daily living? "God bless me?" "God protect me?" "God use me?" The only thing God asks for us to pray is that He be our focus (Matthew 22: 37-42), in order for us to be the most effective in our lifetime. How would it be to get to the end of our lives and realize that we did nothing for eternity except live for ourselves?

The most important daily prayer is "God use me" and we can't come with a preconceived notion of how we will be used. God's plans for us are an interesting thing; he capitalizes on doing the unexpected, using the poor, the feeble, the un-talented; actually, anyone that is willing to be used. And often, in quite unexpected ways.

Mary did not know she'd be used in such an amazing way, although she had lived a life of saying "yes" to the requests made of her. What is amazing to me is her attitude with it all. It probably wasn't always easy for her to have a good attitude, but she learned (sometimes the hard way) in her life at home with her parents. So when the angel, Gabriel, told her God's plan there was little hesitation in how she replied, "May it be to me as you have said."

It was a huge thing that God asked of her, but remember this: the large requests that get our names recognized are not the first requests that God has for us. Mary had to learn to be a willing servant in her home. She had to learn to be used in ways that didn't get any attention and with a good attitude. But, in the end, it paid off. In order for us to be the hands, or in Mary's case, a womb, for God, we have to be willing to do the other things that don't seem important.

What about these requests, "Would you watch my kids next Saturday?" "Could you make dinner for this family?" "Please pray for my struggling friend." Can we follow through with the seemingly small (and sometimes inconvenient) requests with a good attitude? Because if we are able to do the small things that God requests of us will He give us the privilege, and challenge, of doing the greater things ("greater" in the eternal sense of the word). Like leading the unsaved to knowledge of Jesus, or creating a welcoming environment for co-workers to open up about their struggles,or providing help for the single mother in your neighborhood.

With every small task God stretches our "internal servant." This is how God prepares our "wombs" for a greater use. Of course, there needs to be balance in this attitude. We are not always supposed to say "yes" just because we are asked. But, if you feel that tug on your spirit, than you will know it's time for God to put you to work. "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much." (Luke 16:10)

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