To be used by our Lord we have to be new, be alive, be real. To have true joy, we must be obedient to Jesus, and we must not be afraid to tell other people about our faith in Jesus.
Here is a fascinating Scripture that demonstrates this point:
”Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, ‘If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.’”2 Kings 5:2-3 NIV
Naaman goes to Elisha, the prophet of God in Samaria, to buy a miracle. Elisha would not sell God’s gift to Naaman, yet healing was offered and received for free by God’s grace. Naaman then says:
“Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel…”2 Kings 5:15 NIV
God took the words of a young slave girl, spoken in faith, and He carried them to two kings and a general. All this because she didn’t forget her LORD, and she spoke up.
Here’s my point: These “openings” to share our faith occur in mere moments. Our faith has to naturally and continually flow out of us. If we have to think about it we will miss the opportunity.
If our faith is a natural component of our conversations, Jesus will take our simple words, spoken in faith, and affect kings, generals and people in high places. We are simply called to tell the good news. God’s job is to give the increase.
You can read the full account of Naaman in 2 Kings, chapter 5.