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Does God Want to Use Mary?

Email: David Benrexi7 Nov 2002
Hey there beloved sisters and brothers, 

I wanted to write this since Monday, but here it is Thursday night at 8:30 and I'm just getting started. I want to look at II Timothy 2:20-21, and pray that God's Spirit will speak to you as we look at His holy Word.

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

Have you noticed how often when people minister or pray or teach, the idea comes forth that, "God wants to use you." Or, "God's going to use you brother." Or, "Lord, use brother Bob mightily..." Now, I wonder why this is so universal these days, when the only scripture I found concerning God using someone was this pair of verses in II Timothy. The context it is in, is about departing from iniquity (v.19), fleeing from youthful lusts and following righteousness (v. 22), and avoiding strife (v. 23). Reading the verses in their context, it is somewhat of a stretch to say being "used" by God is a biblical concept. I wish to avoid strife (v.23-24), so whoever believes that the bible teaches that God wants to "use" us, I love you and let me know where I went wrong, please. Now what I think has happened is a spirit, some might call it the spirit of religion, has crept in almost from the beginning with the idea that the more we do for God, the better we are, and the more he will love us.

If you read Luke 10:38-42, it's that familiar story of two sisters, Martha and Mary. There were guests who needed to be served and Martha got stuck doing all the work, while Mary sat at Jesus's feet hanging on His every word. Martha interrupted to ask Jesus, didn't it bother Him that Mary left her to do all the work. Instead of setting Mary straight, Jesus told Martha: "You're worried and troubled about many things, but one thing is needed-- and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

Let's compare the attitudes of the two sisters toward the Lord: Martha says, "I love You, Jesus." Mary says, "Jesus! I'm in love with You!" Martha says, "I want to serve you, Jesus." Mary says, "Jesus! I worship You!" Martha says, "Use me, Lord!" Mary says, "Touch me Lord!"

Jesus said Mary had chosen the good part, and neither Martha or anyone else could take it away. When we get caught up in being useful to the Lord, soon we're so busy being useful, that we spend less and less time with Him. Our relationships with people begin to reflect that life has descended from the joyous experience of being in love with Jesus to the performance of duties. Like Martha we become bothered by the fact that others aren't doing their fair share. A critical attitude creeps in.

The letter to the church at Ephesus, Revelation 2:4, deals with the same things. They do all the right things for all the wrong reasons. I cannot find Jesus telling His disciples He plans to use them. I do not hear Paul saying He loves being used by God, and you should, too. When someone derives benefit from their relationship with you and then decides they want nothing to do with you, how does that make you feel? Have you ever felt "used"? Not a good feeling, is it? Well, Jesus wants to set you free today and every day. (I'm so glad, Jesus set me free!). Hear me now: Nothing you could ever do for God is worth even a fraction to God of your value to Him. That's right, God loves you and anything He leads you to do is for your benefit, not His. He doesn't need you to do anything. (Surprised?) All He wants from you is what Mary gave Him, unashamed love.

I heard it said, "Use objects, Love people." The next time you start praying for God to use you, think again. God asked me to share this message Sunday, but I was too...Oh never mind. Better late than never.

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Father, I thank you for demonstrating Your love so freely. Help all of us who are bothered by the duties of serving to experience the fulness of joy that only comes IN YOUR PRESENCE!!!!! Amen.


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