“May I never live to be useless…”

“God grant that I may never live to be useless.”  – John Wesley

 

Question of the Day:  “Are we allowing ourselves to be used by God to our full potential?”

John Wesley was a man that could never have been called useless.  In his 50 years of ministry, he traveled over 250,000 miles on horseback, preaching an average of 3 sermons each day, while writing countless books, serving the poor, and doing all manner of things that would help people like us draw closer to God.  He was never useless and yet, he struggled with this issue.

I struggle with it as well.  I am perfectly capable, today, of doing pretty much anything I want.  However, my real struggle is my motivation and my heart.  I am continually working to keep my mind and my “usefulness” aligned with God’s will, and not merely focused on my own plans.

I can expend much time and energy on those things that are important to me. But what about those things that are important to God? I often find myself being torn between doing what I want and what I feel God is calling me to do.  It is my hope to one day be recognized as one of God’s faithful.  I very much desire to hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  But I have a long way to go with my motivations and my self – discipline before I get there.

What about the rest of you, my friends?  Is there anyone else out there struggling to truly live for the kingdom on a daily basis?

 

Gracious Lord,

Thank You for Your unending grace toward me.  You are indeed a merciful God.  Forgive me in those times when my agenda gets my first attention, and You are shoved to the side.  Help me, Lord, to approach each day as a living sacrifice.  As long as You leave me on this earth, may I be of the mindset to bring You glory in everything I do.  Help me to align my desires with Yours.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen

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