by Sherry Chamblee
Am I usable for God? Not am I good enough, or smart enough, or talented enough. But am I usable?
What does being usable mean?
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
This passage struck me today. We know from other passages that God does expect us to be obedient children, so these verses aren’t telling us to be lawless, or to go ahead and live in sin. But I’m seeing this passage as referring to being caught up in following ritual, obsessed with doing things just right to the point where we forget who we’re serving. Instead we really wind up serving the rules. We’ve let them become our master.
If the law is our master, then we aren’t usable to God anymore. We’re ignoring Him.
God is our Master. What He says, goes… yes? It might be a subtle difference, but I think it’s important.
God doesn’t give us the law so that we’ll follow it blindly and forget all about Him. He wants us to be in a relationship with Himself, so that following His laws becomes a natural outcome of that relationship.
And once we see it that way, we see how God can truly use us.
It no longer is a matter of “merely” loving my neighbor and haphazardly figuring out how to show that. It’s now a matter of listening for God’s guidance in how to show that particular person what God’s love looks like.
So if I let God be my master, and not just the law, than God’s the one using the law in my life to do His will in the world.
Pretty cool, isn’t it?
About the Author:
Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.
Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/