A guest post by Jordin Kelly
Sometimes us Christians speak a language I call, “Christianese,” which is basically a compilation of clichés that may not be understood by “outsiders” who aren’t fluent in the language.
“Just give it to God”, “doing the Lord’s work,” the whole idea of “sharing your personal testimony” and asking people, “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?” are all common Christianese phrases.
Even though I shy away from clichés in general, I realize most Christianese phrases come from good intentions and I try not to be petty when other people use them.
However, there is one common Christianese phase that makes absolutely no sense to me. In fact, I’m not even sure how it got so popular in the first place.
Have you ever heard the phase, “I want to be used by God”?
It’s pretty common, right?
You’ve said it, you’ve heard other people say it, heck, I’ve even said it.
Unfortunately, “everybody’s doing it” is not a great justification for, well, just about everything. So, for the rest of this article, are you willing to think critically with me about this common Christianese phrase?
In my own life, praying for God to “use” me came from a noble intention to live a meaningful life and be of service to the kingdom (yet another Christianese saying).
However, thinking of myself as a tool to be used by God didn’t take me very far in my own life’s desert. It kept me walking around in circles, repeating the same self-deprecating patterns, and holding on to a twisted view of both God and myself.
I was completely blind to how silly the phrase sounded until I stumbled upon an oasis of the true, refreshing nature of God. In this oasis, it was clear that I was totally missing some fundamental points about both God and myself.
It wasn’t until I let go of my old mentality as a “tool” that I was able to have the relationship with God that He intended from the very beginning.
But what exactly was I missing?
I’m glad you asked…