Becoming Useful To God
Luke 24:34: . . . The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
Acts 2:41: Then they that gladly received his (Peter*s) word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
A devotional by F. Whitfield:
Before the Lord can use us in His service we must have close individual dealings with Himself. He always will have to do in secret with that soul that He intends to use in blessing others.
Do you want to speak for Jesus to those around you? Then you must go to Jesus Himself for your message. What you say for Jesus must be got from Jesus.
Oh, how much breath falls powerless on every side because it has not been inhaled in the sanctuary! We want more secret dealing with the living God. We run without being sent; we speak before God has spoken to us; no wonder we so often fail. Oh, what secret prayer and what heart-searching discipline the heart needs before God can use us!