She must have just dropped off her daughter at school. She was at the corner with her toddler in a stroller. As I waited for the light to change I saw this young mom loosen the straps holding her littlest one and lifting him out of the comfort of his little perch. She held him on her hip and walked him to the light post, his tiny hand outstretched. She leaned over so he could press the button for the cross walk.
I was so touched. As far as I could tell, the little guy wasn’t making a fuss. His mom just knew he liked to push buttons at cross walks. How much easier would it have been for her to just push that button herself. It took her time and effort to get him out of his comfortable little stroller, all tucked in. But she knew his heart. She knew his love to push buttons and when the opportunity presented itself she not only let him, she helped him do what he loved to do.
This is our God! How much easier would it be for God to move on this earth, pushing His own buttons, accomplishing His will in the blink of an eye. Instead, He chooses to use us… US, His children! He knows our hearts… He created them. He knows our loves and our desires…He planted them in us. And when the opportunity is right, He lifts us out of our comfort zone, carries us on His hip, and empowers us to use the gifts He’s given us to complete His tasks. He doesn’t NEED us, He CHOOSES to use us!
I’m saddened when I hear believers essentially throw up their hands at the state of our world and beg the Lord to return. Some are disappointed with the church and its lack of effectiveness in making a difference in shaping the world. Some are just sickened by the path of destruction our world seems to be on. What I think they sometimes lose sight of is that WE are the church! And, God’s desire is to use us to make that difference. I believe everyday God waits to return is due to His grace. His grace for the lambs of His that have not yet accepted Him as their Shepherd, and grace for us, His church.
This life is meant to be lived for Him. Are we? He wants us to be. Are we eagerly awaiting to be lifted out of our comfort zones when the opportunity is in front of us and to let the Lord to use us to complete His tasks? Or are we instead ignoring His promptings, refusing to leave our strollers and then complaining when the “walk/don’t walk” signs won’t change.
Our world is changing. There is no doubt about that. It is disheartening at times to see values change and a lack of respect and reverence for God and His guiding principles. But this is precisely why we are here at this time in history! God has chosen this time for us. We are His billboards, His lights, His spokespersons. We are here to reach THIS generation. We are His church and His desire is to use us.
The Lord had a similar confrontation with Israel. He said through the prophet Amos, “Alas you who are longing for the day of the Lord. For what purpose will the day of the Lord be to you? It will be darkness and not light; As when a man flees from a lion and a bear meets him, or goes home, leans his hand against the wall and a snake bites him. Will not the day of the Lord be darkness instead of light, even gloom with no brightness in it? ” (Amos 5:18-20) Israel was not following the Lord. They pridefully proclaimed, “Bring on the day of the Lord!” The Lord’s response was, “Be careful what you ask for!”
While this is not an exact parallel with those believers today who voice their frustration, I do believe there is a loose connection. Israel forgot Whose they were. They may have gone through all the motions (religious festivals and ceremonies) but they were not obediently following Him, tuning in to Him and His word, obeying His commands. Their hearts were far from Him. In a sense they felt they were indestructible. They became their own idols forgetting their God, forgetting their position in God’s plan for them and for the world they lived in. We’re no different. We too can get caught up in our status as believers. We can be critical of this world and the church, forgetting its US that He wants to use to change it. Let’s not lose sight of Whose we are and the great privilege and opportunity we have to be used by Him in our everyday lives to impact others for His glory and His kingdom. We’re the catalysts for change that He wants to use. Are you willing? Let’s push some buttons!
Lord, may I always be willing to be picked up by you and used to bring glory to you and blessings to others. Thank you for knowing my heart. Thank you for wiring me to serve others with you. Thank you for choosing to use me when it would be so much easier for you to do everything yourself. Help me never to forget Whose I am. I love you, Lord Jesus. Amen.