But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” – Acts 9:13-16 ESV
When someone asks, “How are you doing?”, if you are a COMMITTED follower of Jesus Christ your only appropriate answer is, “In the hands of God”. God needs NOBODY to complete His purpose, BUT HE CHOOSES, to allow us to be used. Webster defines instrument as a means whereby something is achieved, performed, or furthered; and, one used by another as a means or aid- a TOOL! A tool has no ability on its own, it takes on the ability of the ONE who uses it. A scalpel in the hands of an uneducated person can do damage and destroy. However, a tool in the hands of a trained, educated surgeon can cause healing, can get things working properly, it can SAVE LIVES.
Leader, when we realize we are a vessel, we can then be used by the HAND OF THE ALMIGHTY. God is willing to use anybody who is wiling to be used by God! Whether the situation is positive or negative, chosen or put upon you, good or bad; God is able, if you are wiling- to use it for HIS GLORY and for our good. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30) God is omniscient; all- knowing, and God is immutable, meaning HE DOES NOT CHANGE. So our God is the COSMIC know it all and HE is at work, in the world, in His church and THROUGH HIS FOLLOWERS. God sits above time and comes down to walk with each follower individually. Don’t be a DEIST, one who believes God pressed the PLAY button on life but is NOT involved intimately in our daily lives. Satan would love for you to believe that, but GOD IS ALIVE, and HE IS ACTIVE, and He is looking for those who are willing to be USED as HIS TOOL- for HIS GLORY!
Conduit, you are a PASS-THROUGH agent. We are called to be the HANDS and FEET of our God. The Holy Spirit’s job is to do the WILL OF GOD on this planet, and He does that through HIS CONDUITS, through His people and by HIS WILL. The MSG paraphrase puts it this way; Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. (Ephesians 2:7-10) Are you willing to be IN THE HANDS of GOD? TODAY, are you WILLING to die to yourself and to let CHRIST LIVE IN YOU? If you are then you will become a useful TOOL in the HANDS of the GOD OF THE UNIVERSE! What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)