Not Ability… Availability!

“I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! send me.” Isaiah 6:8

Throughout Scripture we see men chosen of God who would, by today’s standard, be considered outcasts, less
than desirable, unqualified. Yet, these are the very ones who ended up the heroes of our faith; not because
of any talent they brought to the table, nor because of their supreme intellect; you see, it was not because they
possessed ability, but availability.

We read in Zechariah 4:6 “…Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,
says the Lord of hosts.

What qualified them, and still qualifies those who are used of God is the lack of
qualifications according to the world’s standards.

God has chosen the foolish things of
this world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things
which are mighty.” 1st Corinthians 1:27

When Moses was chosen by God to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt, Moses declared to the Lord all the many
reasons why he wasn’t qualified. What Moses thought disqualified him was in fact that which made him
most qualified! As Moses gave God his reasons why he couldn’t be used (because he was neither eloquent nor a
gifted speaker) God thus replied to Moses that it wouldn’t be Moses who spoke, but God would speak through
him.

So the Lord said, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the
seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what
to say.” Exodus 4:11

Moses was used not because of his ability or lack of ability, but because of his availability.

Now consider the Apostle Paul, who we consider a giant of the Christian faith, who upon his conversion sought
to empty himself of self in order to posture himself to be used of God.

“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of
power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1st Corinthians 2:4

Paul, who was once was a Pharisee, was an educated man, having studied under Gamaliel, and he had to become emptied of himself of what the
world calls great, before he could be found usable unto the Lord.

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet
not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1st Corinthians 15:10

Greatness with God comes by way of emptiness of self. You can’t be filled with God’s Spirit if you’re full of
yourself: there’s simply no room! And because our God is a gentlemen, He won’t crowd you out in order to take
up residency within you. And so, if our abilities, accomplishments, and our talents become our qualifications, He
simply says; “I’ll keep looking.” It’s only when we cry out, “Lord I have nothing to offer except my heart,” that He
declares; “That’s all I ever wanted.” For it is then, as He uses us, that He gets all the glory which He so deserves, and
we realize any talent we might happen to posses truly came from Him in the first place. If we will simply make
ourselves available, leaving our talents at the door, and let Him use us as He desires, it is then we discover the
greatest blessings of all. He uses us for the furtherance of His kingdom and for His glory.

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

By Pastor Ron Gardner

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