Sometimes when we ask God to use us, to work through us to reach others, we don’t realize what we are asking for. We think that it is going to a pleasant and gratifying experience to have God use us as a vessel to reach, help, influence, or speak truth to someone. Far to often it is not the way that we envisioned it to be. How could it not be a good experience when God is working through you to reach others? How could it not be the best opportunity that one could encounter? How could it be stressful, challenging, overwhelming, or possibly one of the most trying or hardest things that we have had to do?
When God uses us to reach others, those other people are usually people that are hurting, angry, depressed, broken, or lost. They come with a tremendous amount of emotional instability, and often, negative energy. They can be some of the most difficult people to deal with and even be around at times. They do and say hurtful things when acting out of their own pain. They are definitely a test of our own stability and love. And they are an opportunity for our own growth while God is working through us. Often times while God is working through us he is also working in us. He is building our endurance, our strength of character, our compassion, patience, love. He may also use the person’s issues to make us realize something about ourselves that we need to work on.
when we ask God to use us we have to be prepared to endure difficulty and unpleasant people. We have to be willing to set aside our personal feelings and to show true love to the person. We have to be committed to let Jesus use us the whole way through. It may be hard, it may be very uncomfortable, but in the end you could actually save someone’s life by allowing Jesus to work through you.