Then he added, “Now you should go and study the meaning of the verse:
I want you to show mercy, not just offer me a sacrifice.
For I have come to invite the outcasts of society and sinners, not those who think they are already on the right path.” Matthew 9:13 TPT
I love how God uses anyone at anytime if we’re willing. Last weekend I attended a womans conference where I volunteered to help with the registration table. During a lull, a resident in her 90’s approached the table. She had what appeared to be a cleft pallet and very few teeth in the front of her mouth. My first thought was, “Oh, I bet she’s going to be hard to understand.”
But she wasn’t really. You could tell she’d worked hard on her speech so people could understand her. It became immediately evident how much she loved her Savior. It truly made it impossible not to listen. She began to tell how 30 years ago she showed up at this Christian Retreat Center and they took her in, cleaned her up and gave her a job. By the time she got to the part where her ex-con husband put her face through a plate glass window, her facial trama became clear.
She never complained or asked for money. She never let her present scars or handicap stop her. She still had vision as she shared her desire to find a way to go into womens prisons and speak out of experience to a field ripe for harvest. An evangelist at 93 still burning with passion for Jesus.
When she finished I had a sobering thought; here was a woman at least 30 years my senior, unafraid and unashamed of her past or present circumstances. She was the woman at the well, whose life was so transformed by Jesus and she couldn’t stop telling about him.
It jarred me awake from my slumber. It was as if God Himself blew on the dying embers of my tired heart and said, wake up! Souls are hanging in the balance. As I’ve blown on you, breathe on others. There’s work to be done.
Be surrendered and willing to be used of God anywhere and anytime. At your worst, your best and anything in between. Go and be His disciples in your market place, your jobs and tell them you met a man who changed your life forever.