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Be Someone God Can Use | Today with Dr. Mark Jobe

  • February 2020 Issue
Today with the President

"The church is not just a place where we learn, but also where we mobilize people for kingdom activity."

Have you ever noticed that God chooses the most unlikely people to do His work? Moses was commanded by God to confront the mighty Pharaoh. I’m sure he was stunned. Why would God choose a man who stumbled over his words to deliver His demand (Ex. 4:10)?

In the New Testament, we meet Mary—a young woman engaged to be married—to be the mother of Jesus. I’m sure Mary wondered why God chose her for this important task. But as he delivers this unexpected news, Gabriel called her “highly favored” by God (Luke 1:28).

The fact is that God often uses ordinary people like you and me to do His work! As you will see in this month’s issue, Esther was one of those people. Young and beautiful, Esther was placed in a life-or-death situation. I’m sure she wondered why God would put such a heavy weight of responsibility on her shoulders.

But the Bible clearly tells us that Esther was chosen by God for “such a time as this” (Est. 4:14). God had a purpose and a plan for Esther’s life and He chose her to accomplish His will. Through Esther, God’s people would be saved. Esther was God’s change agent.

Friends, we live in a time when God needs willing servants to take bold steps for Him. One complaint often given about the church is that we can be all talk and no action. That should not be the case! The church is not just a place where we learn, but also where we mobilize people for kingdom activity. This is clearly expressed in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16–20).

The church’s job is to make sure that people who do not know God come into relationship with Him and see their life transformed by His power. But this work is not a once-and-done event. The resulting change should seep into our marriages, our families, our workplaces. As more and more people within the church are transformed by God, they begin to influence their environment.

The church of the living God is a powerful force for change. And God has called you and me to be His change agents. No matter what your limitations, God can use you to serve Him. He is not looking for perfect candidates, He’s looking for committed disciples, willing to serve for such a time as this.

BY Dr. Mark Jobe

Mark Jobe is the president of Moody Bible Institute. He has served as the lead pastor of New Life Community Church, one church that meets at 27 locations. Mark earned a diploma from Moody Bible Institute in 1984, a master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in transformational leadership from Bakke Graduate University. He is the author of Unstuck: Out of Your Cave into Your Call (Moody Publishers) and can be heard on Straight Talk, a daily program on Moody Radio. He and his wife, Dee, have three adult children.

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