Read Acts 15: 36-41
And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.
- Acts 15:40
Paul had chosen Silas because he was recommended by the brethren. He had a good testimony from the local church. For God to use any of us is a miracle in itself. But if we are going to be used by God, there are some character traits that we must demonstrate in our lives. We must keep our testimony clean before God and those who watch our daily walk. People will not trust a hypocrite or crook, and God will not use a dirty vessel (2 Timothy 2:21).
To be used of God we must also be faithful. Paul had refused to take John Mark with him (vs. 37-38) because he was not faithful. The work of the Lord is a spiritual battlefield and not a playground. It’s hard to go to the battlefield with someone whom you have no confidence in or why may turn back in the battle (Proverbs 25:19).
Also the work of the Lord is just what it says; it’s work. It’s not a sight-seeing adventure or a vacation—it’s work. But what a rewarding work it is! The work of the Lord is a work that is worthy, and to be used by God is absolutely wonderful. God can use anybody who will make themselves available and ready to be used by Him. Are you allowing God to use you in His work? Are there character flaws that hinder you from being used by Him? If you will first allow Him to work in you, He then can work through you. Be used by God today!
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