But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel”. Acts 9:15
Just as Ananias received instruction from God about Paul being his chosen instrument, so are we also God’s chosen instruments. We as his instruments are pivotal in reaching out to others for his sake.
An instrument, however, is ineffective by itself. It requires the expertise of a player with an awareness of its possibilities. Instruments are capable of evoking many different emotions from us, but unable to do so by themselves.
We can hear nothing from an instrument that is not played by a player. The beauty that is within it would never be known unless someone brings it forth. Similarly, us as God’s instruments play our best music when we yield to him as our great musician.
Instruments have specific purposes
No two instruments are alike. Each plays a different tune. We all respond differently to different melodies. What appeals to each person is different because of our unique sensibilities. So God can use each of us in our own areas to reach people who can relate to our circumstances as we relate to theirs.
He has a specific purpose for each of our lives, just as how each instrument has its own unique purpose . He has a specific territory for each of us to take over, a specific corner of the world for each of us to make a difference. He has a grand hall for each of us to play in, a specific audience that will love our music and return to hear more.
Instruments do not choose what to play. They bend to the will of the musician. As God’s instruments, it is not up to us to choose how we will be played, but instead to leave ourselves in the capable hands of the master player and allow him to tune us to the right frequencies.
As his instruments we have to become open to the ways he ways to use us. Some might seem like a challenge to us, but through Jesus Christ we are more than able to do what he desires of us. If we profess to be of the body of Christ, we must be willing to be used for his purposes.
Charles Spurgeon in one of his sermons says that, “The man who talks about his experience as a Christian, who never does anything for Christ, is, I am afraid, only an idle dreamer”. Spurgeon Gems (1834-1892)
Three suggestions to become better instruments to be used by God
- Be open to be used by him in unexpected ways that are outside of your comfort zone.
- Seek opportunities help those around you in words and actions.
- Grow your relationship with God through prayer and Bible study.
How can you position yourself to be more available to be used by God?