“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” Isaiah 6:8

Have you ever heard God’s call? Have you answered? Too many times we put limits on God, on His greatness, on what He can do — and does. When you think of that question, about being called, your answer may be like so many others, “I cannot do anything special, I am just a farmer, a teacher, a health care worker, a laborer.” Well, we all have gifts from God that can be used to further His Kingdom.

In 1 Corinthians 12:28-30, it says: “And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.”

Why is it that we all tend to minimize the gifts that God has given us? Why do we think that we are not enough? We are all made in God’s image, and He is proud of each and every one of us and can use us in more ways than we can imagine. Changes can happen just through a simple act of kindness; a touch, phone call, card or note.

There are so many ways that we can share the love of Christ with those around us. Don’t minimize the ways in which God can use you, just make yourself available and He will do great things through you. One little step of faith can be the start of a journey in your life that can truly make a difference. It will not only change others; it will change you.

We all have a call on our lives. God can and will use you, right where you are. It may not be in the church; but it may be on the street, in the field, at the grocery store. Wherever you are, God can and will use you. Seek his will for your life through prayer and meditation on His word and the answers will come. He will guide and use you to the glory of His Kingdom.

May God continue to bless you as you seek his will for your life.

The Rev. Jim Bendorf is pastor of Alma and Republican City United Methodist churches.

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