“In us” before “through us”

serve1We all long to be useful for God, we want our lives to make an impact on those around us as God works through us. But often we don’t experience God working through us, and we begin to wonder if God would choose to work through us.

Scripture is very clear in Ephesians 2:10- For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. God does want to work through us to impact those around us but He first has to work in us.

He begins this work by bringing us into a relationship with Himself- For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast. –Ephesians 2:8-9.

He then continues the work through a process called sanctification- For this is the will of God, your sanctification – 1 Thessalonians 4:3. Part of this sanctification process is dealing with the “junk” in our lives, those things that prevent God from working through us such as sin, hurt, fear and doubt- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. – 2 Timothy 2:21

When He is working in our lives, and we are dealing with the “junk” that hinders God from working through us, we begin to see evidence of God using us to impact others.

So if we believe that God is not working through us, then we need to spend time examining our hearts and asking God to show us if there is anything blocking Him, and then we need to repent and allow those things to be removed. Because as long as there are things blocking God from working through us, He needs to work in us.