Isn’t it crazy how we make an effort to do God’s work and the enemy uses these efforts to make us feel worthless about them? Shelley Hitz, a Christian writer, says,
“…the enemy in our minds often tells us we are worthless and no longer useful for God’s kingdom. Little do we know that God is using our brokenness to create something more beautiful than we could ever imagine.”Shelley Hitz, Christian Writer
The enemy has nothing else to do but go around doing anything to distract us from our greater purpose of serving our Lord. After starting a new week full of unknowns, Satan will do everything possible to make us believe we aren’t worthy of the things we plan to do.
According to an article in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the lies Satan tells us include:
-You’re not good enough
-You don’t measure up
-You have messed up beyond help
-You don’t deserve help
-How can you ever be worthy again
Sometimes, we start believing these things and make the decision not to serve or even go to church. Whether you are called to be in the prayer ministry, children’s ministry, pastoral ministry, first impressions ministry, worship ministry, or any other ministry God has tugged at your heart to serve in, we are ultimately called to use our gifts to do His work, no matter how much Satan wants to make us think we aren’t worthy to do so.
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13
Let’s remember the words in the song Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) by Hillsong (https://youtu.be/fiyYoe678yI):
“All these pieces, broken and scattered, in mercy gathered, mended and whole, empty-handed, but not forsaken, I’ve been set free, I’ve been set free. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now I see, I can see it now, I can see the love in Your eyes, laying yourself down, raising up the broken to life.”
Lord, we ask that You help us see that although we aren’t worthy of any service to You, You laid Yourself down to raise us up! You mended our broken pieces and for that, we will always serve and praise You. Thank You for the opportunity and privilege to do so. Amen!