Character Quality: Availability

Character Quality: Availability with free coloring page.

Character Quality: Availability

Most of us want others to be available to us.

We want stuff to be available to us.

We want to be able to get whatever we want whenever we want it.

We like it when there are lots of options available to us.

But God wants us to be available to Him. We are supposed to live our lives ready to be used by Him, ready to fulfill the plans He has for us. It means we live paying attention to what is going on around us and aware of His promptings.

God’s word is full of examples of people who made themselves available and responded to the voice of the Lord — most notably the prophets. They yielded to God and His will.

God called out, “Samuel, Samuel,” when he was only a young boy. The third time Samuel responded, “Speak Lord, for Your servant is listening.” Samuel made himself available to God. He went on to anoint Israel’s first and second kings. Samuel remained true to the Lord his entire life.

Elijah boldly confronted King Ahab. This King and his wicked queen, Jezebel “did evil in the sight of the Lord more than all who were before them.” They ruled in defiance of the living God. They worshiped the false god of Baal. Not much is recorded about Elijah’s background. We simply read in I Kings 17 that he prophesied that there would be no rain.

Isaiah actually said to the Lord, “Here I am. Send me.” What a beautiful statement of complete availability to the Lord, His will, and His way.

Jeremiah 1:5 says that the Lord called Jeremiah while he was still in his mother’s womb! He goes on to write that He, the Lord, knew, consecrated, and appointed him to be a prophet.

John the Baptist’s mother Elizabeth felt him leap when Mary came to visit her. Mary was pregnant with Jesus and the Holy Spirit within John recognized the Messiah even when he was in the womb.

Each of the prophets heralded the same message, “Repent!”

The prophets’ lives were not extravagant or easy — not at all. They were critized, ostracized, and sometimes killed. The crowds usually resented and rejected their message.

But it didn’t matter.

The prophets stood tall and true to the call of the Lord on their lives. They lived for an audience of One. They didn’t measure their success by reposts or likes or shares. Their Twitter hashtag (#repent) didn’t get re-tweeted. No big following to boast of. No monetizing potential existed. Their message was too controversial — not at all politically correct. On Pinterest no one would have pinned “repent” no matter how beautifully it was illustrated or decorated or painted. Nope. Popular they were not.

But they were available. They honored Him by offering their bodies as living sacrifices, their spiritual worship. They lived lives worthy of that to which they were called. They are examples for us.

One of my favorite hymns is “Take My Life and Let it Be.” I’ve included the first stanza here for inspiration.

Take my life and let it be

Consecrated Lord to Thee;

Take my moments and my days

Let them flow in ceaseless praise,

Let them flow in ceaseless praise!

Challenge: Be available to God! Allow Him to use you as He sees fit!

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Rachael Carman
I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. I’m an author and speaker and I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.

I’m so glad you’re here.
Posted on: December 5, 2014, by : Rachael Carman