Do you ever wonder what God’s will for your life is? Many people have scratched their heads wondering what it is they can do as a part of the body of Christ, but allow feelings of inadequacy in association with their age to determine their ability to be used by God. Folks, there is no one, even regardless of age, whom God cannot use!
In a recent sermon, I gave the following illustrations:
There was a woman in the book of Genesis who was told at 90 years of age she would give birth to a son. At the same time her husband was 100 years in age and she laughed saying unto the Lord: “Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? And shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?” (Genesis 17:17). This man, Abraham, was appointed by God to become the Father of all nations and yet his wife laughed at God’s will! Could that not be looked upon as doubting God? Surely it can, and in our churches today many do the same thing by proclaiming, “I’m too old now and cannot do [it].” This is doubting the power of God for He tells us in Mark 10:27, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
It is time we Christians quit making excuses as to why we cannot do something God has called us to; instead, we need to do what God has called us to do. Many of us sing the hymn “Work for the Night is Coming.” And if we are going to sing this song should we not live what we are singing? If you visit any local nursing home you will find some who would love to be able to do the work of the Lord, but are unable. It is there you will find a sincere reason as to why people who would love to serve God would gladly trade places with you.
In another quick illustration:
There was a little shepherd boy who was doubted by many as whether or not he could defeat the mighty Philistine giant. Yet he knew God had called him to take on this giant and He would be with him in the battle. All it took was one swing of a slingshot and David had destroyed mighty Goliath, all due to his obedience to God’s will.
Can you just imagine the giants we could slay in our lives if we would just be obedient?
It is time we stop making excuses as to why we cannot do this or cannot do that, because we can do anything as long as it is accordance with God’s will. The simple fact is the majority of Christians do not want to do God’s will or they are afraid of the consequences and outside opinions.
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