The Person God Uses
"And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."1
"Down the streets of Portsmouth, two hundred years ago, walked a sailor with one arm, one eye, a persistent state of nerves, and unable to tread a ship's deck without being seasick. Indeed he would probably have been in a home for incurables, were not his name Admiral Lord Nelson. The man's spirit drove the flesh. The point is, when weighing the characteristics of a leader, remember a stout spirit can drive a weak body a long way."2
More than two thousand years ago God informed Ezekiel, the prophet, that he was looking for a man to "stand in the gap" to save the land. God, today, is still looking for men and women who will stand in the gap to help bring people to Jesus, for without him perishing souls are lost forever. God uses ordinary people to fulfill his goals on earth—the major qualification is not our strength but having a stout spirit and being available for God to use.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in spite of my inadequacies, I come to You and am available for service. Please make me usable and use me to stand in the gap to help bring the lost to Jesus. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
NOTE: For simple helps so you, too, can "stand in the gap," please consider joining with ACTS as a People Power for Jesus Partner. There is absolutely no charge to join. See http://www.actsweb.org/people_power/.
1. Ezekiel 22:30.
2. Lt. General Ira C. Eaker.