How Do I Prepare Myself To Be Used By God? This is one of the most popular questions being asked in the midst of Christians. It is in the light of answering it that we hereby present this piece of write-up which also answers the following search queries: answering God’s call, being used by God, how to prepare for ministry work, how to answer God’s call, and how to be used by God. As followers of Christ, we’ve all been called to assist in God’s vineyard as we gather His harvest. Let’s hear what Christ has to say about this by reading from Matthew 9:37-38 – “So He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that He will send out workers to gather in His harvest.'”
It is by assisting Christ in His task of advancing the Kingdom of God that we are called His disciples. Hence, answering the call to do what God wants and to teach others to do same is our Christian duty. For us to achieve success in answering this Divine Call, we’ll need to be equipped by Christ just as He did for His 12 Apostles and other spiritual leaders who came after them. It is by Sincerely Repenting and obeying the Key Teachings of Jesus Christ
How Do I Prepare Myself To Be Used By God?
Chances are high that you’ve ever asked yourself the question, “how do I prepare myself to be used by God? ” or “what does it take to be used by God?” Whatever the case, you are at the right place and we’ll guide you into understanding what it takes to answer God’s call in your life or submit yourself to be used by God in ways beyond human imagination. Although, the Almighty God uses whoever He wants and at anytime, He has called us all to do His will and to encourage others to do same as we can read from Isaiah 43:1. It is also without doubt that many have been struggling for years to answer the call of God in their lives without success.
It is in the midst of this struggle when it comes to preparing for ministry work that we perceive many embracing and following the pattern of Biblical figures. Remember some who meditated day and night, others who prayed three times a day, and others who embraced a period of 40 days fasting. However, even after carrying out some of these spiritual exercises, some still complain of not experiencing Spiritual Breakthrough. In all things, we must keep in mind that our level of spiritual breakthrough depends on God. God is the one who prepares, equips, and releases us for His work. However, there are a few things which we can do in order to make ourselves receptive to God’s call, Power, and Spirit. Luke 9:23 – “Then He said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
How to answer God’s Call (How to prepare for ministry work)
The Secret to answer God’s call in your life – 2 Chronicles 30:8
When it comes to hearing and answering God’s call in your life, 2 Chronicles 30:8 is the scripture to embrace. It presents a powerful three step principle on how to be used by God. This three step principle remains the secret or answer to the question on how do I prepare myself to be used by God Almighty. This three step principle can be presented with the following three words: Yield, Enter, and Serve. By actively embracing these three words, you’ll make yourself receptive to God’s call as well as ready to be used by God anywhere and at any time depending on His will. It is our prayer that after examining these three spiritual words, you are equipped with what it takes to be successful in doing God’s work thereby winning more souls into His Kingdom.
1. Completely Yield Yourself to God’s Will
In line with the webster’s dictionary, the word yield means: 1. to give up possession of on claim or demand: as a: to give up (as one’s breath) and so die b: to surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another: hand over possession of c: to surrender or submit (oneself) to another d: to give (oneself) up to an inclination, temptation, or habit e: to relinquish one’s possession of (as a position of advantage or point of superiority) 2. To be fruitful or become productive.
Characteristics of genuine yielding as elements of answers to the question on how do I prepare myself to be used by God:
- Yielding is fully letting God to have His way in your life.
- Genuine yielding prioritizes God’s will over your will.
- It has to do with completely surrendering yourself to God.
- True yielding acknowledges the confession; Not MY will but THY will be done in my life.
- Through yielding, we become profitable to God’s kingdom.
- Consecration and Sanctification are the two words used in the Bible for yielding.
- Yielding is setting aside yourself for the sole purpose of God’s use.
- By yielding ourselves, we are made available for God to use according to His will.
- Our availability for God’s use depends on how much we give Him.
- Hence, anyone who gives just little of themselves to God will be used in a small way but anyone who gives much of themselves and their time to God will be used mightily in ways beyond human understanding.
2. Enter into God’s Sanctuary
Entering into God’s sanctuary is an important Christian exercise which we can’t afford to omit in answering the question on how do I prepare myself to be used by God? This is to say that if you are serious about answering God’s call in your life, you’ll need to build a deep relationship or establish a covenant with Him. It is the process of establishing a faithful relationship with God that we refer to as entering His sanctuary. Entering God’s sanctuary is not necessarily going to a Christian assembly which we’ve come to refer to as a Church. It is more of getting into your secret place, where you regularly talk with God in all quietness. Entering God’s sanctuary is another important element in bringing an answer to the question on how do I prepare myself to be used by God.
God’s sanctuary can as well be perceived as your heart, a place where His Spirit dwells. This is a call for you to treasure your heart as you strive hard to always keep it clean so that God’s spirit won’t be grieved. You do this by paying attention to what proceeds forth from your heart thereby making sure that it is in line with the will of God. In the same light, you should pay attention and align your thoughts, words, and actions according to the will of God. Remember to fill your heart with the Love of God and that of your neighbor. By so doing, you’ll reflect the loving nature of God Almighty thereby gaining mercy and favor on His side. Below are some of the spiritual exercises that will grow your relationship with God and maintain you in His sanctuary:
a. Praying without ceasing
As Christians, we are called to pray at all times and pray without ceasing. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, started with prayers and ended with prayers. It is without doubt that a prayerful life was the key to achieving success in the Divine Mission which was attributed to Him by God the Father. It is in the light of following His footsteps that we ought to pray at all times and pray without ceasing. If you expect God to use you, you must value the aspect of regularly communicating with Him. It is through a prayerful life that you will identify what God wants you to do. Prayer is a two-sided communication line – that is, as you speak to God, He is also speaking to you. Hence, you should learn to listen and hear from God because He is always saying something.
b. Regularly reading and meditating on your Bible
The Bible is an authoritative means through which God speaks, teaches, and confirm’s His Holy Will to mankind. It is one of the greatest means of communication with God. The Bible teaches us about the great things which God has done, those that He is still doing, and those that He will do in times to come. God’s word is to our spirit what food is to our body. Failure to hear God’s word is likely to lead to what we refer to as spiritual starvation. By daily and regularly studying God’s word, you are equipped with what it takes to do His will as well as minister it to others.
c. Thanksgiving to God at all times
It is our Christian duty to be thankful to God at all times and in all circumstances. That is, we are to thank God for everything that comes our way – whether good or bad. We do this because God is always in control; nothing happens without His knowledge. Hence, we can say without doubt that God is aware of all things that are happening to us. In short, He is in total control of all things that come our way. That’s why we should not dwell our hearts in worries. Always remember that God is working and turning all things for the good of His children. Let’s support this message by reading from Jeremiah 29:11 – “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.”
d. Singing praises to God
Offering praises to God is more of an outer expression of the inward joy and happiness in one’s heart. This is generally done in acknowledgement of God’s goodness, immeasurable and unconditional love. True praise is a spontaneous action that is mental, physical, emotional, and highly verbal. In reading across the Bible, we hear more of the vocalization of praise than dances or other expressions of praise. Remember that it was the vocal praise that brought down the great walls of Jericho. Hence, it is without doubt that vocal praise moves God into action as He locates His people in mercy and favor. The Greek word for praise is “Story.” The moment something proclaims the work of God, it is offering praise. In simple terms, praise is telling a story of God’s goodness, might, power, love, mercy, compassion, and sovereignty.
Worship is a spiritual exercise being carried out in the presence of God Almighty. It is more of a personal experience with God, the Father of Creation. Since it requires a personal experience with God, you’ll need to have been baptized (filled) with the Holy Ghost in order to genuinely worship God for who He is. Remember the words of Jesus Christ when He said that all those who worship God MUST do so in Spirit and Truth. In worship, the Holy Spirit fills us with what is necessary to truly acknowledge God for who He is. It provides us with the necessary reasons to genuinely worship God in spirit and truth. Genuine worship is not necessarily due to what God has done but for who He is. This is more likely when the Holy Spirit renews your mind and convinces you of God’s unfailing, unconditional, and immeasurable love.
f. Praying in the Spirit
Note that praying in the spirit is different from your normal or daily prayer routine. Here, you willingly allow the Holy Spirit to pray through you with its own words. Praying in the spirit can involve praying in tongues, prophesying into the air, and carrying out an intercessory prayer. When praying in the spirit, you speak many things which you would not speak under normal prayers. That is, the Spirit prays for those things through you that you normally should have prayed for but you are not aware. At times, we lack words to pray or simply do not know how to pray. However, as we yield to praying in the spirit, the Spirit of God within us prays for all those things we ought to pray for and also intercedes on our behalf and that of our close ones before God. You can as well read the following:
- Understanding how praying in tongues opens supernatural dimensions
- How to be filled with the Holy Spirit
3. Serve the Lord your God
Behold, serving God is an act of voluntary service. There are many ways through which you can serve God. You can serve God when you minister to Him in worship, showing Him homage, and when you witness His love, sovereignty, goodness, mercy, favor, and faithfulness to others. Note that your greatest service to God Almighty is spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ which is a call for mankind to sincerely repent from their sins and turn to God. There are also many places in which you can serve God in Spirit and Truth. You can serve God in your local Christian assembly, you can serve God in a private location, and you can serve God in a different country. In short, you can serve God anywhere and at anytime according to His will. Your service to God is reflected by certain characters and values in your life:
Holiness is one of the key elements in answering the question on how do I prepare myself to be used by God. It is the power of God within you that strengthens and guides you to walk no longer in sin. This power is achieved through Christ by being faithful to His teachings. Jesus Christ is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the faithful thereby making them Holy before God. In Christ, we’ve all been given the power to overcome our corrupted flesh and reflect God’s righteous nature. Holiness is what causes a separation to manifest. A genuine follower of Christ who strives for righteousness on daily basis appears different in thoughts, words, and actions as compared to those who claim just by mouth to be of Christ. He/she who becomes righteous in Christ is easily detected by a change in morals, thoughts, words, and actions.
A person can as well serve God by working in the ministry. We can’t afford to omit ministry work when answering the question on how do I prepare myself to be used by God. Behold brethren, let no one deceive you for we have all been called into ministry in the presence of God. Indeed, we’ve been called as ministers, ministers of love, reconciliation, mercy, truth, and faithfulness to God Almighty. We’ve all been commissioned by Christ to spread the Good News of Repentance and Life Everlasting to the four corners of the World thereby restoring to God all His lost children. You can also serve God by joining local Christian ministries in your assembly. Here, you can willingly serve as a Minister, Usher, Deacon, Pastor, Evangelist, Teacher, Apostle, Prophet or any other ministry that is available and that God has called and anointed you in it.
Still on how do I prepare myself to be used by God, we’ll say that witnessing is a great way to serve God in Spirit and Truth. This is more of a personal practice that does not necessarily require that you teach, preach or share out tracks. In simple terms, witnessing is all about telling others about the mighty things that God has done in your life out of His unfailing, unconditional, faithful, and immeasurable love. A witness is someone who has clearly seen or heard about something that he/she can give a consistent account of how it took place. Here, the person gives his/her witness based on what they say or heard thereby persuading the audience to believe. In our case, when you witness, you are giving a testimony of Jesus Christ, the savior of the World.
Loving is the greatest way of serving God. Christ spoke through His Apostles saying that “anyone who does not love does not know God.” This is because God has a loving nature. An objective look across the Bible will reveal that it revolves around Love – that is the love of God and the love of your neighbor. It is for this reason that some have gone to the very extent of calling the Bible “God’s Love Letter” to mankind. For God so loved the world that He sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, so that any one who hears, believes, and obeys his teachings will not die but have everlasting life in Heaven (John 3:16). Jesus Christ did not come to condemn the World but to invite everyone to Sincerely Repent and start obeying the Commands of God.
Love is a lasting value in the Kingdom of God. Christ Himself summarized the Law of Moses and the teachings of the Prophets in to loving God with all your being and loving your neighbor as you love yourself. Through love, we clearly reflect the nature of God and Jesus’ mark of ownership. It is Jesus’ command that we love our neighbors as we love ourselves. In this way, we will please God in the things that we do. Hence, we should never stop loving or get tired of loving. Behold, he/she who does not love does not know God just as the scriptures point out. On the other hand, he who loves is one who knows God, and one who knows God will live forever in His presence. When we say we Love God or our neighbor, our thoughts, words, and actions must reflect this saying.
Reaching the end of our write-up on how do I prepare myself to be used by God, we hope you enjoyed reading. Yield, Enter, and Serve are the three key principles to hearing and answering God’s call in your life. Actively following these principles will lead to genuine success in ministry. In addition, you’ll live to testify the goodness, power, love, might, and sovereignty of God.
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- Why going to Church does not make you a Christian
- Praying in tongues opens supernatural dimensions
- How to be filled with the Holy Spirit
- The remedy to curing a weak faith
- Mastering the Spirit of Faith to render the Impossible Possible