Live So God Can Use You
They say everyone has at least one sermon in them.
I preach nearly every week, so I hope (and pray…) that I have more than one, but if I had to choose, the title might be this:
Live so God can use you.
I borrowed the phrase from blues legend Muddy Waters, from a song covered many times by many artists. But I prefer his version best. The lyrics are so simple, and so powerful:
Why don’t you live so/God can use you/anywhere Lord/anytime
And then he goes on: Why don’t you think so God can use you, why don’t you walk so God can use you, why don’t you moan and sing so God can use you. Anywhere. And anytime.
Here’s what I believe: I believe God delights in us, down to every hair follicle. And I believe God wants to use us, as a musician uses her instrument, to play music that will call home every prodigal child who believes they are unworthy and separate from themselves, from each other, from God, and from the rest of creation. I believe God has big plans and big promises for this multiverse, and we are meant to live as if every thought and sigh and hope and moan contributes to plans and promises fulfilled.
Pretty, preachy words? Perhaps. But I invite each of you, our dear readers, to look at your life. Even to consider this day. I believe that somewhere in it God is trying to use you for good.
Will you join me in prayer?
Anywhere, Lord. And anytime.