He asked for prayer requests from the members , giving them a little time to write them down . The question was, what would you like God to do for you ?. When the pastor received the notes from the members, more than half of the congregation asked God to use them for His service. This of a truth, remains one of the most sought blessings of God which worshipers seek from Him.
“ I want God to use me for His service”,” I want God to reveal Himself to me “, Pray that God should give me the grace to serve Him” I want to be God’s vessel of honor “ and more. This is a very good desire for even the bible recommends such.” This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work”. 1Ti 3:1 though they are not asking to be bishops, bishops are however made from these.
If perhaps we earnestly desire that God should use us, what manner of persons ought we to be ?, what kind of men and women does He actually need?, does God almighty welcome anybody who can pronounce the word JESUS?, or are their conditions to be satisfied before we can be used of Him.
“Of a truth , God is no respecter of persons but in every nation, he that feareth him ,and worketh righteousness is acceptable unto Him”. Acts 10;35.
So therefore SALVATION is the principal thing. The genuine salvation of our souls is the first price we must pay before the Lord can use us to bring down revival to His people. This is because God cannot use the dead to raise the dead, you must come alive spiritually in order to be used of God to minister to those in need of spiritual revival. Many who claim to be saved are indeed still slaves to sin. To this group of preachers, compromise is the best game.
After salvation, Comes SANCTIFICATION - The complete removal of the Adamic nature in man is very important in this issue, God cannot use the man who waves the flag of salvation but still loves the attractions and pleasures of this world. We must be people who hate sin and cannot be attracted by it again.
CONSCIENCE VOID OF OFFENCE—“ And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men”. Acts 24;16.This is very important for the man God must use to reach His people. All the known generals of God where people who did not carry with them the weight of condemnation and guilts.
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
1Timoty 3:2 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 1Timoty 3:7 These people does not have to be confessing their sins every day or week.
HOLY and PURE IN HEART ; Men or women in search of God’s attention for service in His vineyard must be people who are holy and pure in the heart, in their utterances, lifestyle, taste, whose yea is yea and nay is nay. “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.2 Mathew 5;8.
FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. The hand of the Lord must be upon the aspirants to the altar of God .Like Ezekiel, the hand of the Lord enhances the performances of His servants and builds confidence in the heart of the people led “And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.” Ezekiel 3:22. Be sure it is the Lord that is sending you,be sure it is His hand that is upon you and not magic, by so doing , you will be sure of His spirit and presence. You will repeatedly hear Him saying. ”Be courageous ,as I was with Moses, so I will be with you”. God. Of a truth, cannot send anyone without equipping him or her. When He sent out Moses, He filled Him with the spirit, Elisha got the double portion, David was a beauty to watch against towering Goliath of Gath, Samson was too strong for his enemies, Etc.
Filled with the holy spirit and BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY GHOST are two dangerous requisites of the man of God that Satan hates to hear. With this two [filled and baptized] heaven-sent revival and deliverances reaches the people and the altars of darkness come tumbling after.
GOOD AND CONSTANT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. Constant relationship with God is not just enough to secure God’s approval for His highly prized altar, but CONSTANT AND GOOD RELATIONSHIP. This is because although many are in constant relationship with God through their appearances in church services and meetings, they are not in the good books of the creator. They are called Christians, but their sins separates from God, “
“ Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. ”Isaiah 59;1-3. These people are in the church, but lost in the church.
The people God will use to bring revival to the lost souls must be STUDENTS OF THE BIBLE who loves the bible and are conversant with the statues therein, receiving instructions from the bible on daily basis and hearing from Him through the bible .They must not be people gambling with the word of God to make both ends meet at the end of the month.
KEEP NOT SILENCE-- ” I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence”, Isaiah 62;6—Men and women who wants to make mention of the Lord, who want to work for Him, who wants to be mightily used in the vineyard, the above quotation is for you, keep not silence, you must be willing to speak the truth, warn the sheep of the dangers of handing around for the wolf, warn your congregation of imminent danger, teaching them to observe all things that Christ has commanded without compromise, hold forth for Christ where ever you may be.
THIRST AND HUNGER TO PLEASE GOD-“ Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. ”Mathew 5;6.—Thirst and hunger after righteousness ,bold to speak the truth, with the convictions that will stand before the Pharaohs of this world. Convinced about God like Elijah and Elisha who spoke and prophesied and won God’s approval bringing down the fire that passes fire, raising the death, forcing the heavy ax heads to float and transforming marah [bitter] to sugar amongst others
These men and women that God must use especially in this last days must be ready to evangelize their enviroments, calling sinners to repentance irrespective of their wealth and affluence in the society.
” And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. ”Ezekiel 22;30.
Against this background therefore , God is in search of men and women He will use to accomplish His purpose . Men and women who will not look at the price of discipleship[laying aside everything on the altar and follow the Lord like the disciples] but focusing their attention on the benefits of the cross.
“Brethren in Christ” re-examine yourselves, your services, your dedication, etc, if you find yourself wanting in all or any of the above requisites as well as those not mentioned in this write-up, do not deceive yourself, make haste, re-dedicate yourself, arise and shine for God is looking for the man He will use.