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Does God work through people?


Thank you for contacting us with your important question. I hope it means that you would like God to use you but are not sure whether He is willing to do so.

The answer is clear, from the Bible and from history: God has always chosen to work through people. In fact, there is so much about this in the Bible that it is difficult to know where to begin!

The Bible says that God made the world simply by speaking His word.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3)

God only has to speak in order to achieve all He wants to do. He does not have to use people. However, He chooses to do so, even though we so often fail and make mistakes.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.' (Genesis 1:26-27)

So we human beings were created to be like God, in that we could think and love and make choices; and we were created to rule the world. Everything in the world was given to us to use and control. We are, of course, nothing like as great as God, but we are the very highest creatures that He made. Even the angels were made to serve and help us. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews was speaking of angels when he wrote,

Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14)

We were greatly blessed by God, but we spoilt it all when we decided to disobey Him. Genesis 3 describes how Adam and Eve decided to do what Satan suggested to them, instead of obeying God. We all make similar choices and so we have broken our relationship with God.

 “None is righteous, no, not one;
     no one understands;
    no one seeks for God.

 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
    no one does good,
    not even one.” (Romans 3:11-12)

We have really messed up our lives through sin! The Bible is quite clear about it.

For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)

But God loves us and wants to bring us back into a relationship with Him.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16)

There is good news found in the full version of Romans 6:26:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This wonderful gift of eternal life comes with many other blessings.

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:5)

We are now God's sons and have a great inheritance from our Heavenly Father.

Writing to his friend Timothy, Paul explained that we must give our lives to Him, for His use. It is up to Him to decide how He will use us, but we must all be ready for Him to use.

Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honourable use, some for dishonourable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonourable, he will be a vessel for honourable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.  (2 Timothy 2:20-21)

I know that you want to be ready for His use. I am glad that He does not only use rich, successful people, but loves to use ordinary, weak people like me.

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

God wants to use all His children, however weak and unimportant they are to other people. We are all important to Him. Throughout the Bible, God chose to use ordinary people. Abraham was an old man when God called him to go to the land of Israel and start a whole nation. Moses was a slave. Later, God chose a woman called Rahab, who was a prostitute before she turned to God. When the Lord Jesus came to earth to save us, He chose to be the son of an unmarried peasant girl in a little known village. All these people achieved great things because they trusted in God and obeyed Him. God wants to use you, too, if you have repented of your sins and believe in Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. He created you for a purpose!

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you walk with God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site:

In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:

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*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

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