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Today’s Opportunity to Grow Toward Christ-Availability

February 28th, 2011

JOHN SHIRK – To be available is to be ready for immediate use.  In our relationship with God, there are times when He is going to call us to do a specific assignment to advance the Gospel message.  Being available to God means that we offer ourselves to God as His servants.  We are willing to go on His terms rather than set our own terms for Kingdom service.

Isaiah made himself available to God with the words, “Here am I! Send me!”.  And Samuel, Israel’s trusted prophet said this when he was a boy, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening. And when Jesus came, He said, “Here I am-it is written about me in the scroll-I have come to do your will, O God.” We can make ourselves available to Him by surrendering to His plan for us. 

Romans 12:1 urges us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. It is through the process of surrender to God that the fog is removed and the light comes on for us to be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Availability is a character quality that enables us to represent Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk


  1. Linda Klopp
    March 1st, 2011 at 08:54 | #1

    Good Morning John,
    Wow, as a prior, very independent woman, I was saved but did not surrender “control” of my life to God. I was always deciding my own life’s decisions. However, lesson learned! It wasn’t until I surrendered to God’s Will and really listened to Him that I began to have a more peaceful, less stressful life!
    Thank you for reminding me that availability is definitely what I need to serve God’s purpose.
    Have a great day and God Bless,
    Linda 🙂

  2. Deanna Flaud
    March 4th, 2011 at 14:12 | #2

    Hi John,
    Thanks for this message. One thing comes to mind right away. Something I’ve heard many other times but, we sometimes forget in our busyness and/or our own agenda and schedule. God doesn’t need our ability but, our availability.
    God Bless!

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