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God Wants YOU!

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Have you ever wondered why you are where you are? I know most of us have asked that question at some point in our life. I personally have asked myself on numerous occasions. If you had told Nehemiah that the Persian king’s cupbearer was going to rebuild Jerusalem, he probably would have laughed.

When I look at this story it reminds me that God can use us wherever we are, no matter what we are doing.

God has a knack for doing extraordinary things with ordinary people.

It all starts somewhere, and for Nehemiah it started when he heard his people were living in a ruined city (Nehemiah 1.1-4). When Nehemiah heard this news his heart broke, which reminds me of Hillsong United’s song “Hosanna.” It has a line that says, “Break my heart for what breaks yours…” That’s where we need to start. We need to pray that God shows us the world through his eyes, and we need to be willing to be wrecked by what we see.

That’s just the first step though.

In Nehemiah’s prayer he prays that God would use him, and that is key for us as well. When God breaks our heart for something, we need to ask him to use us, to help us take action, even if we are afraid. This is where a lot of us get stuck. Our heart breaks for something, we pray for God to use us, and then we wait… and wait… and then if nothing happens, we go on with our life.

We need to take action.

I recently read a book by Bob Goff called Love Does. In the book he states over and over that a lot of times we just have to get out there and start doing things. When we start, God shows up in powerful ways.

What has God put on your heart? Is it homelessness, your coworkers, orphans, refugees? Whatever it is, I want to challenge you to ask for God to use you. But don’t stop there. Go out and do stuff! Don’t let fear paralyze you!  Find a way for God to use the skills and the position you currently have to make a difference.

 

Dan Geurink | local missions
Dan serves as the local missions coordinator at Ada Bible Church, and he and his wife attend the Knapp Street Campus. He enjoys working with his hands, hunting, sailing, mountain biking, and football!

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  1. Jennifer #

    Thank you Dan for this very personal and beautiful reminder! I did ask God exactly that this summer…”Break my hear for what breaks yours…” and I have been battling with it since. I have found myself on one to many occasions ignoring the promptings to get up and move…I continue to pray and seek God’s wisdom, yet deny His lead due to that ‘paralyzing fear’… Our wonderful and awe inspiring Lord daily shows me that I can trust Him and this is just another one of those moments where I have been given a choice…God has place something on my heart. I am so blessed that he has also provided me with a wonderful congregation that helps hold me accountable…thank you! I know I need to get up and get moving…I ‘m not sure what direction, but it’s time to stop analyzing and start doing!

    September 25, 2013
  2. Sonia Sundberg #

    Thanks, Dan. Well said! I especially appreciate the link to Hillsong. You’re right about the importance of the line, “break my heart for what breaks yours”– it reminds me that what I think is important isnt necessarily what God is concerned about. Often my burdens are puny in light of his bigger plan. I’m thankful for his mercy!

    October 2, 2013
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