One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 12:1. I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice. The most important word, really, in that verse is “present” because really it lies within you and I whether or not we decide to allow God to really use our lives.

I remember hearing a man pray, and as he prayed, the preacher, he’s now in heaven, said, “Lord, I yield myself to you the best way I know how. I want you to use me, and if you don’t use me, it’s because you didn’t want to use me. But Lord, here I am.” That’s exactly what I’m talking about. I want to challenge you, and I’m challenging my heart every day, continually. We need to crawl up on the altar and present ourselves as a gift to God. “Lord, here am I. Wrap a bow around your heart, write a name tag on there, ‘To God, from me,’ and say, ‘Lord, use my life. Take my life and let it be concentrated, Lord, to thee.'”

God does not necessarily use the most qualified or the most talented or those with the most abilities. God uses those who are available. God will use those who are surrendered. God uses those who present themselves to him for a life of service.

I remember hearing Dr. Curtis Hudson preach, and he was talking about driving a nail into the wall, and he said, “No, I’d like to use a hammer.” He said, “I’m already holding that picture up against the wall, got the nail there. He said, “I can’t reach the hammer. There’s no hammer near me. I look around, no hammer there.” He said, “Now, the hammer would be my first choice, but it’s not available.” So I reached down, he’d say, “And I take off my shoe.” He said, “I’ll reach down and pull off my shoe and take that shoe heel and hammer that nail in, and it gets the job done.” Now the shoe was not made to drive nails. That’s not its original intent or purpose. But the shoe was available, and though it wasn’t maybe the first choice, it was the available option. And so it got the job done.

And you might think yourself not as qualified and not as talented or gifted as others. That is not the issue. The issue is this: Are you available, within reach, for God to grab and to use your life as a tool in his hand?

I beseech you today, brethren, that you present your life to God, that he might use it for his glory. There’s no better life than that.

I hope this has been a help in your Christian life today.

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