Does God “Use” People?

God Use Me

We’ve all heard the Christianese term, “God used me” or “God wants to use you.” I don’t know about you but I don’t and have never liked being used. Why do we use these phrases? Does a son look to his father and hope to be used? Does a father look to his child and say, “I can really use you.”

We are not tools. We are not objects. We are much loved children of God. We are Jesus’ friends and brothers.

Now I know what 2 Timothy 2:20-22 says. Vessels of honor fit for God’s use. I understand what is it saying. We need to be vessels of honor so we can do what God wants us to do. What I am trying to get at is the way the word is used.

Like I said before no one, that I know of, has ever felt good about himself or life after they have been used by someone. You know the reactions we have: “I just feel used” or “he/she used me” Its always apart from relationship. Its about laboring for someone’s gain without receiving anything in return.

God doesn’t do this, in my opinion, Religion does. Whenever God wants something to be done on earth He finds someone who will come into agreement with Him in order for His will be to accomplished…and the one co-laboring with Him gets blesses as well. It’s not about God “using” you but its about what you and God want to do together, as a team, as co-laborers. You are not a means to His end. You are the end! Everything about this world is about us. The Bible is about us and how much He loves us and how much we love Him!

I know some may not agree but that is okay. I choose to believe that I am God’s friend and we are in this together. I mean, I am seated with Him in heavenly place. Jesus sits on the Father’s throne and I sit on Christ’s throne. That, to me, doesn’t indicate being used but being in relationship with God. I mean God even says I don’t do anything unless I tell my servants, the prophets. Amos 3:7: Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. And in the New Testament He says this in John 15:15: “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

Just being honest but…the church uses people. I’ve felt used in the church. I ushered and served etc. but I never felt apart of anything really. I mean I had a group of friends but as far as the bigger church was concerned I wasn’t one to fit in. Now Jesus on the other…He makes you fit right in. He declares us all living stones fitting together into a holy dwelling place.

You fit! You fit in! You are a part of something glorious and wonderful! You are truly unique and one of a kind and God doesn’t want to use you and then put on a shelf or leave you on the ground to rust like some tool. He highlights you! He points you out to His angels and say, “Boy do I love that person!” “Together we are going to change the world!” “There’s no stopping him in Me and Me in him!”

God doesn’t use…He cherishes!

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12 comments

  1. You are so right. thank you for this.
    It’s funny that you said that not many will agree with you on this, you’re probably right because it is such a loose slang that we use in “Christian talk,” but it might be time for a change?
    I’ve used the “God used me for…” so many times…Its so strange now when I think about it…
    Thanks again!

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  2. I always thought of “God used me” in more of a sports setting, like “you want to take 10 yards? use me…put me in, Coach.” When we think of God “using” us the way people “use” us, it’s not exactly the image I want in my head. God doesn’t exploit us, but He will put us in the game so that we can use what He’s taught us in order to be victorious.

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  3. I like the distinction you’re making here. I’m sure you’ve heard about “type A” vs. “type B” personalities. “TypeA” folks are task oriented whereas “type B” are people oriented. The Lord was dealing with me about my “type A” tendencies once. Knowing He loves people but also has a plan, I asked if He is “type A” or “type B.” He said, “People are my plan.” He perfectly brings together types A & B so that he’s focused on the task of loving people. So that’s what I pray my focus is as well 🙂

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  4. A good post, but not sure about this bit…”Everything about this world is about us. The Bible is about us and how much He loves us and how much we love Him!”

    Surely it’s more about relationship and service?

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    1. Amen it is! The Bible is about us and how much He loves us and how much we love Him!” < Relationship and service! The Written Word is all about our relationship with God and His relationship with His people. On how we serve Him and how He serves us. Thank you for the comment! 🙂

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  5. Kind of late to join the team 🙂 But, it’s refreshing to ponder your words, your insight,
    Still, I am having some trouble with this – “You are the end! Everything about this world is about us. The Bible is about us and how much He loves us and how much we love Him!” I don’t think we are the end. Or I am. He is. Jesus is the means, and He is the end! The begining too! It never was about us. For us, yes. Because of us. But it’s all about Him. Can I love without Him loving me first? Can I serve, without truly understanding His serving? Was just thinking! Interesting post though!

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    1. Thank you! Romans 11:36 is key def but my angle was creation and man was birthed out of Him. Out of pure love he created, not only for His joy, but for ours as well. The Bible is man’s experience with God or lack thereof. Depending on theological views we have been in Him since the beginning. I find Trinitarianism very interesting and I ponder it all the time. They have a Facebook page. The beauty of the Incarnation is that humanity is forever connected to Divinity in Jesus…not saying we are Diving but we do partake of the Divine Nature. One spirit with the Lord. Staggering to think about! Thank you for asking and bringing your question. I appreciate if someone noticing errors or holes in my pondering. Read my About section 🙂

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  6. Thank you! I agree with you. If He needed to use us, He wouldn’t be God. If He involves us in His plans at all, it is because we benefit in some way. If God is love – not just is loving, but is the essence of love – then He would never use us. I think if we really started to really contemplate what it means to love another being, we would discard half of our theology.

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