Usable

Usable

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?

Colossians 2:20-23

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 Chamblee

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/

 

 

Book Spotlight: Devotions for Moms – 37 Devotionals for Moms

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Devotions for Moms – Thirty-Seven Devotionals for Christian Moms

By Heather Bixler

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About the Book:

Journey with us as we encourage the Christian mom through Biblical devotions.

These 37 devotions were originally posted on the Devotions for Moms website but have now been converted to this eBook. A Kindle countdown deal.

LINK to KINDLE

 

Heather BixlerHello, My name is Heather! I am a mom of three, married to a firefighter, and I am a writer. In 2005 I ventured into the online world to simply start an online community for moms. Little did I know the adventure God had in store for me. It has been a roller coaster with many ups and downs, but each step has led me to where I am today. My heart is to share God’s word with you in a loving and practical way. If you are looking to find a way to connect then please check out my upcoming online Bible Studies here: http://heatherbixler.com/online-bible-study/

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Traveling Light

Traveling Light

“Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light.” 
We’ve got a job to do. The Bible refers to it as running “the race that is set before us.” Heb. 12:1

But how can we run if we’re pulling a u-haul behind us? It’s time to dump “all that can be spared.”

There are the obvious weights: fear, worthlessness, unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, addiction, toxic relationships, etc.

But what about things we see as “good.” Perhaps these are even God-given gifts that have shifted over the years until they weigh us down and get our eyes off running our race with passion and focus.
Peter Marshall Jr, son of acclaimed author Catherine Marshall, used to give this wonderful definition of idolatry in his years of ministry:

“Whatever you think about the most, whatever you talk about the most, whatever controls your emotions—that is your god.”

Does this mean we should have nothing precious in our lives? Far from it. It simply means nothing should eclipse the passion for Christ.

Jesus is our greatest example of running the race with unswerving passion and focus. As we “fix our eyes on Jesus” other things fall into their proper order. It’s not a one-time thing either. Re-fixing our focus in this fallen world is ongoing.

Pause right now for a course correction. Eyes on the prize—Jesus.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:1-2)
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Chana Keefer is a wife, mom of four and author. Her novel THE FALL (Rapha Chronicles #1) hit Amazon bestseller status in three categories: Scifi/Fantasy, OT/Hebrew & Science/Religion.
Watch for her new release, One Night With a Rock Star, coming May 2013.