Are You Available?
God’s not looking for ability; He’s looking for availability! His eyes “run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). He’s perpetually looking for a man, a woman, a child, a young person that He can show Himself strong through. His eyes are constantly searching for that individual who desires nothing more than to live their life for an Audience of One. The Apostle Paul understood this very well when he proclaimed, “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10). Paul was a God-pleaser. He understood that God longs to use what the world despises and esteems as nothing when he said in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence. The annals of recorded history reveal numerous God-pleasing men and women: David Livingston, Dwight L. Moody; Charles and John Wesley; Martin Luther; John Calvin; Charles Haddon Spurgeon just to name a few. The hall of faith in Hebrews 11 reveal a plethora of such sold-out saints who refused to cave in to this world’s enticement, but chose rather to live for the eternal, knowing what they did in this life was going to echo throughout the eons of eternity. The great man of faith, George Mueller, who took care of over 10,000 orphans, saw God supernaturally provide for all these orphans once said: There was a day when I died, utterly died — died to George Mueller, his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends — and since then I have only to show myself approved to God. The great theologian Matthew Henry once said, “If Christianity be worth anything, it is worth everything.” If Jesus is worth anything, HE is worth everything! Is HE worth everything to you? You see God’s not looking for your ability, He’s looking for your availability! How available are you to God? Years ago, a little boy could be seen walking down a hot Mediterranean beach. The tide had washed in tens of thousands of starfish and they were dying in the hot Mediterranean sun. A little boy could be seen picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean as fast as he could. The sweat was pouring off his face, he was exhausted, but he was relentless. His untiring compassion for the starfish kept driving him to throw in just one more. Well, an old man could be seen walking down the beach, and as that old man got closer and closer, he began to realize what the little boy was doing. Finally, when he got up to where the little boy was, he laughed and shook his head and said, “Little boy, little boy…Stop! Stop! What are you doing! The old man continued on…He said, “Look down the beach…What do you see?” The little boy said “Starfish.” The old man said, “Now, look down the other way…What do you see?” The little boy said, “Starfish.” The old man said, “Son, you can’t possibly make a difference in the lives of all these starfish, you might as well forget it! You’re wasting your time, just go home.” That wise little boy stooped down, picked up a starfish and looked up at the old man, and then through the starfish out into the ocean. “Kerr-plunk!” He then turned and looked up at the old man with a big smile on his face and said, “Made a difference in his life! Friends, you and I might not be able to reach all the multitudes, but everyone we do reach, we make a difference! This little boy was available and every starfish that hit the water was grateful! GOD is not looking for ability, HE’s looking for availability. If you make yourself available to GOD, you will see a side of GOD that you could never imagine! You will see HIM do what Ephesians 3:20 says; HE will do “exceeding abundantly above all that you could ask or think”!