Listenings: Made To Be Used

Our co-operation with God is rooted in our creation.  Evelyn Underhill puts it this way: “He made us in order to use us, and use us in the most profitable way; for His purpose, not ours.  To live a spiritual life means subordinating all other interests to that single fact” (p. 85).

We have spoken about “abandonment to God” previously in blog postings.  But now we can remind ourselves that our surrender is always in the service of something marvelous—the will of God.

God does not ask us to sign a blank check.  Our consecration always serves God’s purposes.  We do not know what those purposes are all the time, but we are never asked to give our lives to or for “nothing.”

Sometimes our abandonment includes understanding; at other times not.   Either way, our co-operation is by faith.  When we understand, it is the faith which believes the little part we play is part of a larger reality.  When we do not understand, it is the faith that no response to God on our part is ever wasted.

We are made to be used—used to personify and promote the glory of God.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Listenings: Made To Be Used

  1. Ed says:

    Good stuff…thanks for these encouraging and truthful words….(Heb 11)!

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