When you encounter opportunities to serve God, how do you respond? Let me list some of the wrong reactions:
- I can’t.
- My schedule is too busy.
- I don’t know how.
- I’m just a layperson, not a pastor.
Those knee-jerk reactions slam closed a door before we’ve discovered whether or not the Lord wants us to go through it. You’ve probably never thought of a refusal to serve God as idolatry, but that’s what it is—bowing down to self instead of submitting to Him.
The Lord desires that His servants first be willing to do anything and then seek His specific plan for them. He uniquely gifts followers to serve according to His will. But when we’ve already decided what we can’t do, won’t do, or are ill-equipped to do, then we’re acting by our own will. That isn’t going to work.
You may serve the Lord as a godly parent, as a factory worker who shares the gospel with coworkers, or as a friend who listens to those who are hurting. There is no restriction on what God can do with a willing helper. The strength of His Spirit overcomes human limitations. Don’t have enough courage? God can fix that. Don’t have the right skills? God can fix that.
Laying down our excuses is the wisest thing we can do to serve the Lord. Trust that He will empower you to do whatever He calls you to do—and will see to it that you are properly equipped and trained (Ephesians 2:10; 2 Timothy 2:20; 3:16–17). All He asks of you is that you say yes.
Taken from “How to Serve God ” by In Touch Ministries (used by permission).