God Doesn’t Use People
There’s a very widespread misconception in the body of Christ today, that’s kind of like a pet-peeve of mine. I would like to take some time to address this very issue.
You see I’ve come to realize that no where in the Bible does it say that God uses people. Not once! God doesn’t use people the devil uses people. See God loves us so much that He wouldn’t bypass our own free will for the sake of accomplishing His. We are so much more valuable than objects to Him. But the devil on the other hand could care less about us, he just wants to make sure his will gets done.
1 Cor. 3:9 KJV “For we are labourers together with God.”
We are co-laborers with Christ! When God called Moses to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt, He said, “I will certainly be with you.” (Ex.3:12) When God called Joshua to lead the Israelites into the promised land, He said, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Josh. 1:5)
When God called Jeremiah He said He knew Him before he was born, that He ordained him to be a prophet to the nations. Jer. 1:8 “For I am with you to deliver you.”
The last words of Jesus in Matt. 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
It was God with Moses that brought the Israelites out of Egypt, not God using Moses. It was God with Joshua that brought the Israelites into the promised land. And it is God with us that makes discipling nations possible.
You see God knows the end from the beginning, but He’s given us the choice and command to work with Him, and we have to choose to do so in order for His work to be accomplished. God doesn’t use people, He works through and with people.
Paul says in 1 Cor. 15 “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.” It was the grace or life of God that was with Paul that enabled him to work harder than any of the others.
Jesus Himself never said that the Father used Him, so He would never use us. John 5:30 “I can of Myself do nothing.” John 14:10 “but the Father in Me does the works.” Jesus relied upon His Father to do the works. He also recognized though that they were working together, John 5:17 “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” Jesus depended on His Father to get things done together.
John 15:5 “apart from me you can do nothing.” Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” So apart from Jesus we can do nothing, but with and through God we can do all things.
So many people, including myself at one time, constantly cry out to God, “Use me, use me.” I think that God thinks it’s funny that we think that He would ever use us. He created us for relationship and union with Him, we’re His highest priority. I believe that most Christians don’t truly realize how valuable they are to God individually as His children, so they find other things to base their value off of like how much God “uses” them. So guess what happens if God isn’t “using” them? Then they think they’re not valuable and something’s wrong with them. I believe God wants to restore a revelation of His love and value for us to the church.
You see the point here is that we are not objects, or tools, that God just randomly picks up and “uses” at His own will and desire. We are living children that God works with and through to accomplish His will, but we have the free choice to do that work, or to not do that work.
If you are a parent, how many times in your life have you told someone “I used my kids to get the chores done around the house.” Or “I used my kids to get medals in children’s sports.” Of course you haven’t… Instead you said I asked my kids to do the chores around the house, or I helped my kids to do sports they love and they won medals.” If you would never refer to your own children as objects that you use for your own will, how could we ever refer to God’s children like this???
Satan on the other hand loves to use people. He has no care or regard for anyone, and will gladly treat people as “objects of his will” that he is just using to accomplish his evil will. So really it is the devil that uses people, not God. God only works with and through people, and there is a big difference between those two.
Even the English dictionary references the word “use” as being referred to as objects, not people. And whenever the word “used” is referenced towards people in it is a negative sense. For example: “My brother used his girlfriend to build his own reputation at school.” This has a negative reference, meaning that it was with selfish motives that the brother “used” his girlfriend.
There’s a lot more I could say about this, but hopefully you get the point. Some might think that I’m being a little extreme with this and that when they say the word “use” they recognize that God doesn’t use people. Well if that’s what you do then that’s your choice. I personally think people should not use the word “use” when referencing God working through others, like “Man God just used you.” That just doesn’t sound right, and English grammar speaking, that is not a positive affirmation. But really it’s not the word so much as the mindset behind the word. Christians believing that God “uses” them stems from the mindset that they’re not valuable enough for God to want to just be with them, or treat them as His treasured children.
In case you didn’t know God wants to save the world way more than we do. He’s just waiting for someone who’s heart is in alignment with His so He can send them to disciple whole nations with His heart. We can only get and become reflections of His heart by being one with Him. What He wants is children, that reflects His Son Jesus, and that will take nations with His glory. He is not interested in “using” His children just so He can get His will done.
Remember it’s only by first loving yourself, which I believe comes from knowing how much God loves you, that you can then love others. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” You can’t base your love for yourself off of what you can/can’t do. It comes from what God thinks about you. So when you realize that God doesn’t want to use you, but work with you, and that it is your free choice that allows you to have influence with God, then you can begin to have a normal and real relationship with Your Heavenly Father, and do His works together with Him!
I hope this helps and God bless!