One of my favorite servants of God of the past century was Kathryn Kuhlman. She was an interesting and unique woman whose modest ministry beginnings transformed into one that thousands upon thousands of people would flock. People came by the busloads to be in one of her meetings because miracles abounded and healings manifested as people just sat in their seats. And she would be the first to tell you that she was no healer. She would not take one ounce of credit for what the Holy Spirit was doing in her meetings. She was just a yielded vessel. A humble one at that. So I find a statement she once made very interesting and also very sad. She said “I do not believe I was God’s first choice in this ministry, or even His second or third. This is really a man’s job. But someplace men failed. I was just stupid enough to say ‘Take nothing and use it.’ And He has been doing just that.” If she was not God’s first or even His second or third choice to have that ministry, I find myself wondering who was. I guess it really doesn’t matter as long as God found someone who would say yes. But it makes me think if it is possible that He ever had to pass me up for someone else because I said no. Sometimes we think we aren’t capable or worthy enough to be used by God. But even if we have nothing, He can use it! God can use any average, ordinary person – man, woman, or child, to do something supernatural – IF they are yielded to Him. Kathryn Kuhlman reminds me of Mary. Mary told God yes and I am so thankful she did!
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NKJV)
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NKJV)
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38 (NIV)