Feel like you are falling a bit short this morning? Afraid that Billy Graham and Rick Warren might be a bit more spiritual than you? Well, stop those thoughts right there because God can use you based on you. He’s not comparing your talents or discipleship abilities against anyone else.
So, keep the idea of God being able to use you based on just you, as you read on about comfort. 2 Corinthians 1: 1-5 says beginning in verse 3, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” Oh boy, another verse telling us to take the focus off of ourselves and use something we have to help someone else. We need to take action. You know He says this sort of thing a lot because we need to hear it constantly.
Experiences of our lives don’t have to be wasted. They can be used to help someone else. -PK
You might wonder why you have to go through something. The situation might test your faith, you might wonder ‘Why?’ a lot, or you find yourself at the bottom of bottom. God has given you this experience for many reasons. One, is so that you can be comforted by Him. God loves you. He gave us His word in the Bible so we can be comforted. And, if you look back, you will probably see that he sent you certain people at certain times to help you through.
Two, now that you have been through a particular situation, He wants to use YOU. Yes, plain, ordinary you. Your experience gives you special insight when someone else is going through the same thing. Whether it is a divorce, addiction, a loss of someone or even a job, you have the ability to comfort someone.
He might choose you to help another Christian or a non-believer. He wants you to love people the way Jesus did, so they can know His love. It is a beautiful cycle that He has created. So much time is spent tearing people down that when you swoop in with love, comfort, and encouragement, it is the hope that people have been looking for. God tells us in the verse above to do this. It says, “…so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”. So do it!
That person who seems to talk all the time needs your comfort. They might be lonely, scared, or just need someone to listen to them and God has chosen you! That person who is battling sickness might be too tired to talk, but God has chosen you to sit by their side!That person who just lost their job and doesn’t know how to find another one might need some hand holding to get back on their feet. God has chosen you to be that person!
Do you see that God can use anyone to share his comfort? When your pastor asks you to talk with someone it’s because he hasn’t been through the situation, but he knows you have and you can help that person better. God has chosen you! Don’t be selfish and keep God’s comfort to yourself, God has chosen you to comfort based on you.