My body belongs to you, Lord, use me!
By Lyndia Grant
Special to the Outlook from NNPA
In a sermon by Jonathan McLeod, I was reminded of a message God gave me this week, and it’s worthy of sharing with you. During this entire week, I felt compelled to say these words: “Lord, this is your body; you made me so that I could come to this earth for your good pleasure. Today, Lord, use my eyes Lord, so that I might see. Use me Lord for all those who are seeking after Thee; use my ears Lord, so that I may hear those who are crying for help because they live in constant fear. Use my tongue Lord, so I may confess my sins Lord, and then I can give testimony to the world of your goodness. Use my arms Lord, so I may reach out; and gather up those who are lost, and they doubt your goodness and mercy.”
Those who doubt you, Lord you say in the scriptures in Mark 11:23, “For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
“Use my legs Lord; let them run free to bring your sheep back unto Thee. Use me Lord, use all of me. Help me to find those who can’t see.” If you ever doubt God can use you, read Ephesians 2:10 which says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Don’t you know you’re God’s masterpiece; you were created to do His Will. We are all created to do those good things He planned for us to do long ago. Scripture tells us, He knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb. We are His masterpiece; defined as a product with a designated purpose. We are His workmanship, and you can search the scriptures to prove it.
Like many, you probably wonder who does God most often use; God uses the insecure. Look at what Moses said: He said, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue. The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:10-12)
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Take time to pray without ceasing; quote scriptures throughout the day; and sing songs of praise! When you see someone in need, the way the New York police officer did when he paid out of pocket to buy a man some shoes, He was allowing God to use Him.
And each week, when I work with children in schools where they’d rather play than learn, I know God is using me when I can encourage another student to apply themselves, try to do their work and at the end of the day, several of my students who refused to work, have shown me just how intelligent they really are. These African-American children seem to be able to identify with me. It’s as if they are saying with the joy in their little eyes, “I’m so glad you’re here! I don’t see many teachers around here who look like you!” Help somebody along the way, so your living won’t be in vain.
Lyndia Grant is an inspirational speaker; religious column writer and radio talk show host of “Think on These Things” 1340-AM Spirit Radio, WYCB. Listen every Friday at 6:00 p.m. Visit her website at www.lyndiagrant.com; send emails to lyndiagrant@gmai