Posted by Peggy Utley

One of the things that I have learned over the years is that God is not nearly as concerned about our ability as much as he is about our availability.  There are many people with outstanding ability but for one reason or another they do not use their talents and gifts to bring Glory to God.

Availability is far more valuable to God than ability.  People with lesser talents have been remarkably used by God to do great things for God.  Seven of the men that Jesus called to be his disciples were fishermen. One was a zealot known for stirring up rebellion, and still another was a despised tax collector. Later, there was a physician and a tent maker whose availability to God made a profound difference in the spreading of the Gospel.  We would call them all “ordinary” people.

One of the mysteries of life is how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they are committed to Jesus Christ.  Remember that the disciples of Jesus were accused of “turning the world upside down” by means of their dynamic witness.

The question that each person has to ask himself or herself is “how available am I to God?” Your availability to God can be as simple as being a faithful, supportive, praying member of a church.  Availability might mean that you volunteer to sing in the choir, serve as an usher, serve on a church committee, teach a Sunday School class, work with youth or senior adults or mentor a younger person.

Never feel that you cannot be useful to God. Never feel that you cannot be used of God to make a difference in someone else’s life. God has a way of magnifying our gifts and talents if we are available. In what way are you available to God?

In His Love,

Charles