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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

Willing to Serve

(Timothy Griffin)
April 16, 2013

playing_piano_resized.jpgTwo weeks ago, a missionary came and spoke at my home church. As he spoke, there was a particular statement he made that I have heard before, but this time it resonated with me in a different way.  Then a few days ago, as our Sunday School teacher prepared to launch into the lesson, he used the same statement as the springboard for the hour. The statement was “God wants those who are available not capable.”

Often when we think of that statement, our mind immediately goes to being available for full-time missionary work or full-time pastoral work and many recoil in fear. But we should instead see it as just being available to God on a day-to-day basis for whatever He desires. When that's our approach, it’s amazing how often our availability not only fills a need, but rewards us in the process.

I think back to the beginnings of my service as the primary church pianist at the age of eight. I, and many of the listeners, can attest to the fact that I was available, but definitely not capable. But over the decades that followed, God made me more and more capable. Reflecting back to the quote, that’s what God does. He reveals a need, you respond to the need, He equips you for the need and in your obedience, you reap the results of your further transformation into the person He created you to be.

But what I have come to understand is that our availability to God is directly affected by our level of daily connectivity with God. These moments with God will cause us to necessarily encounter passages like Colossians 1:16, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.”

There is no way that a Christian can struggle with issues or questions of availability when embracing such a passage. But finally, the embrace must be ongoing.  

looking_up.jpgReflecting on my example of my years of music ministry, I ask the question, how often do we come to God with nothing,  get equipped with everything, lose touch with our King and take what He’s equipped us with for kingdom purposes and use it for everything and everyone except Him.

The sustainability of our availability will only endure with our connectivity to God. It is only then that we will hold to such truths as, "The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein." (Psalm 24:1)

Timothy Griffin serves as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The Campus Pastors Office exists to help produce students who have the highest standards of Christian conduct and Biblical principles so that they may reach people for Christ in whatever venue that the Lord may call them.