1) God uses the person who is already doing the right thing. In Genesis 24 Abraham had asked his servant to go and find a wife for his son Isaac. The servant faithfully goes about his masters business not knowing exactly how he will accomplish this challenging task, but he goes in obedience and as he goes he is led to the right wife for Isaac. The servant was doing the things that his master asked him to do and the Lord directed him where he wanted him to be. God does not want us to just sit and wait for some sign from God, but he wants us to be on the way praying, serving, witnessing, and being involved in what God has revealed in His word. Through the process of being on the way God directs us into his prefect will. The person that God uses is the person that is already focused on doing the right things. It is the person that finds out where God is working and gets in the middle of it and allows God to open doors and direct his or her steps.
2) God uses people who can be in interrupted from their routine of life. Sometimes we are so focused on what we want to do along the path of life that we miss what it is that God sets right along the path as markers and road signs to turn us and consequently we miss what it is that God is trying to show us.
At Pentecost the Apostle Peter had just preached the greatest evangelistic service in the history of Christianity. Three thousand had just come to faith in Christ. As Peter and John go about their routine of going to pray at the temple at 3:00 o’clock each day God interrupts their routine. (Acts 3:1-12) God sets a crippled man along the path of Peter and John. Peter and John allowed themselves to be interrupted from their routine of being at the 3:00 o’clock prayer meeting to take time to minister to the crippled man and consequently God allowed Peter to heal the crippled man. This caused multitudes to come and hear Peter preach at the temple steps where 5,000 came to faith in Christ.
I wonder how many times we are so focused on our own path that we do not notice what it is that God is trying to show us. Be willing to be interrupted and have our plans changed by the diverting and redirecting of our lives by God.
3) God uses people who can inspire hope in others. This does not mean that God can only use those who have great oratory ability to sway and move people to emotional euphoria and positive thinking, but it is the inspiration that comes from others seeing us with all of our flaws and see that through the empowering of the Holy Spirit God is using us to accomplish great things for Him. The Apostle Paul was such a man.
4) God uses the people who know the source of their strength. Knowing that achievement does not come from our own physical or intellectual ability, but from God above who gives us the strength to accomplish His will. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13) “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” (Hb. 12:2)
5) God uses those who will listen spiritually. Those who have spiritual listening ears. God speaks to us today not through prophets, but through his complete revelation, the Word of God. The question is will we listen? God uses those who will have their hearing attuned to what God is saying. Those who will say “Speak Lord your servant heareth” are those who will be used of God. (I Samuel 3:9-10)
6) God uses people who will give Him all the glory and all the praise. In John 3:30 there was a debate going on amongst the disciples of John the Baptist and the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ as to whose ministry was more important. John the Baptist replies that Jesus must increase, but John must decrease. Jesus must increase and receive all the praise, honor and glory. John wanted to give Jesus all the glory all the praise and all the honor that was due His name.
It is possible to be around Bible teaching and Godly people and yet totally miss what God is doing if you are not tuned in to these six principles. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matt. 7:7) God uses people that seek Him with a whole heart.