Have you ever heard the term circumcision of the heart?
If you are a parent of a boy you have to make that
uncomfortable and somewhat debatable decision to circumcise or not.
Why am talking about circumcision?
I’m not here to weigh in on the
debate over circumcision, but to help you understand how God can transform your
The Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 30:6 “And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live”.
Think about the word circumcision as simply cutting away the parts of you that aren’t useful to God. Circumcision can be seen as the most delicate part of a person being chiseled away for God’s glory.
Friends, this is how God uses
us. He very specifically chisels away at our hearts, replacing the parts he
can’t use with His love, mercy, forgiveness and power in order for us to
glorify His kingdom.
How magnificent is that!
God wants to chisel away at our
hearts (you could think of it as His purpose) and in the process help us to
rise to the people He has called us to become. It’s all part of His grand
design from the beginning of time.
Here are 3 examples that help us
know that God uses everyday people and transforms them by chiseling away at
their hearts in order for them to become the people He called them to be.
Biblical Example #1 Saul
How can God can use people on
the wrong side of justice for His glory?
Enter Saul. Who was this biblical man who wrote much of the New Testament? Saul, who later became the Apostle Paul, was an educated man whose main goal was to capture and imprison the followers of Jesus. His magnificent transformation can be seen in Acts verse 9. Saul was his way to a more successful career until he met Jesus in a vision.
This encounter changed Saul’s
trajectory and life thereafter. Saul conversion experience according to
scholars is the most talked about and written about throughout time. It is
through transformation that we learn who we are in Christ.
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Biblical Example # 2 Young David
How can God can use the overlooked for His glory?
It doesn’t matter who you are or
what you are doing if God wants to use you, He will. In 1 Samuel 16 we meet Jessie’s
family. One of Jessie’s sons is going to be the new king. Jessie lines all his
sons up, Jessie thought one son in particular would be the new king because of
his looks and build. However this was not the case, the king to be was out
tending to sheep. David was the smallest of Jessie’s sons and up to that point
was often overlooked. God had anointed David, the smallest and least likely
candidate who would go on to become a mighty king.
Biblical Example # 3 Moses
How can God use you even when
you underestimate yourself?
When God dwells in you, you are able to do the unthinkable. Moses had a stuttering problem (Exodus 4: 10-13) yet he was chosen by God to free the people of Israel. God guided Moses in being a great leader. Moses didn’t want the job. He debated with God that no one would listen to him because of his “slow speech”. However, God made a way. Moses went on to deliver his people out of slavery.
What do these three
extraordinary examples have in common?
These were three real people. Through them we see Gods handiwork and we come to know that God will use each one of us for His purpose.
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing. God is in the business of turning your greatest weakness into greatness and using it for His glory.
Don’t underestimate yourself or how God can dwell in you.
You may not have a powerful
conversion story like Saul’s, it might be more subtle and happen over time.
Either way the question remains how can you glorify God?