The People God Uses

  • Feb. 19, 2014
  • #8298

Who are the people God uses? Joni explores this topic and offers some Biblical insight.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Tell me what you think as I list these names: Okay, there’s Martin Luther, Charles Finney, Susanna Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, Corrie ten Boom, St. Augustine, D.L. Moody. What do you think of when you hear these names? Well, you’re probably thinking they are great saints – heroes of the faith, right? And you’d be right in saying that. Thank the Lord we can look to exemplary Christians of the past for inspiration. But who are the great believers of today? For that matter, what makes them great?

I like A. W. Tozer's criteria for great Christians. He says:

“The great in the kingdom have been those who love God more than others did.” He goes on to say, “... the one vital quality which great Christians have in common is spiritual receptivity. Something in them is open to heaven, something which urges them Godward. They have a spiritual awareness and they go on to cultivate it until it becomes the biggest thing in their lives.”—A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

According to Tozer, to be great in the kingdom, you don't have to be a famous evangelist, a mother of 16 children, a theologian who directed the course of the church, a well-known Bible teacher, or someone who has faced Nazi gas ovens. No! Although, if you remain open to heaven and keep living Godward, if you remain receptive to all things spiritual, God will probably place you in some powerful sphere of influence.

If your ambition is to have no ambition except to be pleasing to God, then you are great in His kingdom. The average believer may sense God’s nudging, but does nothing about it. Not you, if you’re spiritually great. You are the one who develops the lifelong habit of being responsive to things of the Lord. Psalm 27, verse 8 says, “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Oh friend, that is the man; that is the woman who is great in the kingdom.

I think this is why so many of the special needs families I meet at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat I see them as great. Oh, they’re not famous, but they are nonetheless heroes of the faith. Rather than allow a difficult disability to dissuade them, I tell you that handicapping condition compels them to draw ever and always closer to God. Now, I have posted a very fun video today on my radio page that highlights these super heroes (yes, they are that when you consider what they go through everyday 24-7 nonstop). I’ve posted this fun video at and you gotta take a quick look at it. And if you really like it, then like it and share it with your Facebook friends, would you? So stop by my radio page today at and meet a few heroes in my book.

Finally, for you today, the Lord is looking right now for people who will love Him more than in the average way. He's looking for people whose love is more than mediocre. He’s tired of middle-of-the-road Christians; people who say they follow Him, but then get distracted, and allow their hearts to become lukewarm. There is nothing commonplace about being a follower – a true follower of the Lord Jesus. So listen, is the Spirit nudging you? If you sense He is leading you to a deeper level of trust and obedience, do something about it. If you feel the inward nudging of the Holy Spirit to draw closer to God, to go deeper into His Word, make prayer an unceasing habit. If you sense the Spirit nudging you, take action. Be obedient to the heavenly vision. That will make you great in His kingdom. Make Psalm 27, verse 8 your goal, “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ So today seek the face of the Lord and you’ll be great in His kingdom.

© Joni and Friends


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