You Can be Used of God Where you are

March 3, 2018

You Can Be Used of God Where You Are

by Russell George

It gives us great satisfaction to know that we are fruitful; contributing something to the well being of others. We read that Jesus said that we get more blessing from giving than we do from receiving. “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

(Acts 20:35)

Therefore our goal should be to be fruitful. In Galatians chapter five we find what might be called two tool kits by which to live. In verses 19-21 we find the tool kit that enables us to fulfill the lusts of the flesh. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as

I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

These are tools that enable us to grab and get all we want for ourselves. In so doing we hurt a lot of people. In the end we leave people hating us.

In the same chapter, in verses 22-23 we find another tool kit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” These tools enable us to give. They enable us to help people and not hurt them. You won’t make many friends if your major preoccupation is that of satisfying your fleshly lusts. To the contrary, if you are producing the fruit of the Spirit, people will be attracted towards you.

If you are a prisoner, you have been allowed to bring these two tools kits into the prison with you. Which one are you using? Perhaps you are disgruntled and think that what has happened to you isn’t fair. Since you are miserable you find satisfaction in making those around you miserable. They say “Misery loves company.” In your kit you will find a tool that is labeled “strife.” It is an excellent tool for stirring up trouble. There is another tool labeled “seditions.” That enables you to get on the side of the trouble makers. Then you find another tool that is called “hatred.” Perhaps you say, “Ah, that’s what I have for the guards here. I’d sure like to take vengeance on them.” If you do, you might find yourself in solitary confinement.

Now let’s look at another prisoner who is getting acquainted with the tools in the tool kit labeled “fruits of the Spirit.” The first fruit mentioned is love. That is the Greek word “agape.” It means to make a sacrifice to dosomething good for someone. The way in which it should be used is found in verse 13 of this chapter. “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

Each one of the tools in this tool kit will enable you to be a giving person. They will enable you to endear yourself to those around you but that shouldn’t be your motive in using them.

Don’t try to use these tools in your own strength. They are too heavy for you. You need God’s help. Verse 24 says “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” We need God’s enablement. II Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

When we become a child of God, he begins to do a work in us to enable us to bear the fruit of the Spirit. It all begins when you put your faith in Christ so God can forgive your sins and make you a child of his. Have you done that? Romans 5:8-10 explains what God has done for us by means of the work of Christ on the cross. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

These fruits of the Spirit are just a part of the new nature that God implants in those who are his. In Ephesians 4:22-24 we read that God tells us to put off the old man who is controlled by his deceitful lusts and that we are to put on the new man created in righteousness and true holiness. “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

The prisoner who lets God produce these fruits of the Spirit in him will be transformed. He will no doubt be considered for parole much sooner than the man using the tool kit that enables him to satisfy his fleshly lusts. On the day when he is released he will no doubt be surrounded by a group of his cell mates to wish him well. Some will have tears of gratitude in their eyes for the blessing he has been to them.

Some of this article has been directed to prisoners, but it can be applied in any situation. The title is You Can be Used of God Where You Are. Perhaps where you are is the work place or in, your school, or an apartment complex. You just need to reach out to people around you and manifest the fruits of the Spirit you are producing. People will be attracted to you and you can lead them to Christ because they have seen something in you that they want for themselves.

God expects that we bear fruit. John 15:16 says “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit.” If we aren’t bearing fruit we aren’t fulfilling God’s purpose for us. God gives his people gifts, or talents, so that they will have something to contribute to the ministry of the church. Some of those talents are found in Romans 12:5-8. The fruit of the Spirit makes us even more gifted and capable of giving. We can’t afford to be without them.

God wants us to be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 says “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” We cannot be filled with the Spirit without being yielded to him so he can do his work in our lives. He it is that enables us to produce these fruits.


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