Can God Use Us?


What’s holding you back from serving God? For a lot of us, especially those of us who are perfectionists, I think part of what hinders us from answering God’s call is the feeling that we’re not good enough.

We tell ourselves, “Surely there’s someone better for God to use” or “I’m not perfect, so I can’t serve God” or “How could God be calling me? I mess up all the time. That person, over there. That’s the kind of person God would call.”

But that’s not how God works. God doesn’t wait for us to be ready, or to have it all figured out before calling us to service. Waiting until we’re “ready” – whatever that means – is paralyzing. It’s easy to get stuck focusing on getting ready to serve God that we miss the opportunities that God gives us to actually serve!

Fortunately, God doesn’t expect us to be totally prepared, to have it all figured out, or to be perfect. There are tons of examples of people in the Bible who were far from perfect, but who God used, regardless of their flaws, to do some incredible things. The Bible is full of stories of God preparing the called, not calling the prepared!


That’s part of the beauty of youth missions trips. It’s so easy in middle school, high school, or even college to be told that our job is to learn, to focus on ourselves and our education. And while that’s true, that’s only part of the story. God calls all people to serve, and God can use all people!

Peder Eide’s song As Is is all about this reality of God calling us as is to be His. We don’t have to have it all figured out. God takes us as we are and works through us.

Throughout the Bible, God chooses flawed people. As the song says, Moses was a stutterer, David was a murderer, etc…all the way to Lazarus, who was in fact quite dead.

But God chooses the weak, the flawed. Look at 1 Corinthians 1:25-31. Our call is to be faithful testimonies to God’s power, not to our own abilities.

As you’re thinking about themes for a youth missions trip, keep in mind that it’s not how qualified we are that allows God to use us. Compared to God, we’re all completely powerless. We’re totally useless. But God infuses us with His love, and God chooses to use us. Thanks be to God!

Musically, As Is has good energy and a steady beat and can work in a presentation. The words are easy to understand, but for the song to make sense, hearers do probably need some background on the Bible stories, particularly the story of Lazarus. Maybe for a mission trip devotional, you could listen to this song, split into pairs, and read the stories that it’s talking about.

I couldn’t find a video with the lyrics and everywhere I found the lyrics online has them wrong anyway, so here’s a video with the recording of the song and the lyrics to Peder Eide’s As Is below.

Also, Peder’s website has an awesome t-shirt with the lyrics to the song. Check it out here.

As Is Lyrics:

Moses was a stutterer
David was a murderer
Jeremiah suicidal
Naked in the street
Paul, he had a problem
The specifics left unsaid
Timothy had stomach-aches
And Lazarus was dead

Samson was a long-haired
Arrogant womanizer
Rahab was a scarlet corded
Lady of the street
John the Baptist eatin’
bugs and honey on his bread
Gideon a scaredy cat
And Lazarus was dead

As is
As is
He chooses us as His
As His
As His
Infuses us as is
Never ending love transcending
All our weakness
No excuses
He uses us as is

Noah was a drunk man
Abraham an old man
Jacob was a liar man
Leah second best
Jonah should have followed God
But ran away instead
Martha was a worrywart
And Lazarus was dead

As is
As is
He chooses us as His
As His
As His
Infuses us as is
Never ending love transcending
All our weakness
No excuses
He uses us as is

Jesus said to stay awake
They went to bed instead
Peter turned and ran away
Jesus hung and bled

As is
As is
He chooses us as His
As His
As His
Infuses us as is

As is
As is
He chooses us as His
As His
As His
Infuses us as is

As is
As is
He chooses us as His
As His
As His
Infuses us as is

Never ending love transcending
All our weaknesses

No excuses
He uses us
No excuses
He chooses us
No excuses
He uses us
As is

Be sure to look over my list of songs for mission trips for other ideas.

 
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