Can God Use Me Now?

by | Jan 11, 2017

I strongly believe that God has a purpose for every one of us. It doesn’t matter what your job is, what level of the company you’re at, or if you’re even with a company. God has given each of us very specific gifts to fulfill His purposes – at every stage of our lives.

But what about the transitions that life throws at us? Can God still use you when you’re in what feels like a dead-end job? When you’re overwhelmed or even failing? When you’re in between jobs? When you retire? Do you still have a purpose during those times?

Yes. Not only does God have a purpose for your life, but he also has a purpose for each season of life you go through.

Romans 8:28 tells us, “… we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Not just when everything is falling into place. Not just the successful and prosperous times. In all things.

I’ve been through seasons that have included drastic changes and difficult challenges, as well as success and growth. I’ve come to know that as long as I focus on myself – my fears, disappointments, agendas, goals, aspirations, failures, successes – I’ll get tripped up. But when I focus on God and seek His guidance, His direction and His purpose, it makes all the difference – not just for me, but for the people God brings into my life.

James 1:2-8 explains that we should “consider it pure joy … whenever you face trials of many kinds.” Why? Because “you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” If the season you’re in feels like (or definitely IS) a trial, ask God what He wants you to learn through it. I’ve found that the trials God has brought me through have not only helped me grow, but also allowed me to support others going through similar experiences.

What season are you in? God has a purpose for it. Ask Him. Seek Him. Pray about it and then listen. He wants to guide you. He wants every one of us to partner with Him in whatever work we’re doing. And when you do, just watch what happens. I promise, you’ll be amazed at the ways God can use you for His purposes.

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Catherine Gates

Catherine Gates is Executive Director of Women in the Marketplace, a nonprofit marketplace ministry that equips working women to confidently pursue their faith and career for the glory of God. She is also the author of The Confidence Cornerstone: A Woman’s Guide to Fearless Leadership. Learn more at womeninmarketplace.net.