This summer I had the opportunity to work with some amazing college students as the Camp Coordinator for the first session of summer camp. Often I would share with them that God wants to use them to reveal His glory, His truth and His Love to everyone they encounter. Recently I was flying back from Notre Dame where one of those amazing college students, Lizzie G, (aka Capt Texas) invited me to come speak to the ND Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). When I get on a plane though, I’m the kind of person that just wants to read, I don’t want to talk to anyone, I just want some Erik time. When living in community, a couple of hours by yourself is gold, especially if you are an introvert like myself.
As I boarded the plane, however, I felt very convicted of those same words I shared with the summer staff, except this time they were coming from God, “Erik I want to use you.” After some minor complaining I put my book bag down and began to strike up a conversation with the gentlemen next to me named Paul. Two hours later our conversation still going strong, we were landing in Atlanta. I had one of the most amazing conversations ever. Come to find out Paul used to be Catholic and now considered himself to be a unitarian. It was amazing though, we had the opportunity to share our own stories and learn from one another. We discovered that we had common ground in the universal call to love radically.
In that moment though I felt obedient and that God was using my simple yes. I so often place God in a box in His abilities to use my ordinary self to show others His extraordinary love. But Jesus says in the gospel of John “he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the father.” (John 14:12) Again, It’s hard for me to believe that I will do greater things than Jesus, even though every week in the mass, we see how Jesus can take something as ordinary as bread and wine and turn it into something extraordinary as His body and blood. The one who rose from the dead, who walked on water, who healed the blind and cured the sick, is also the same one that wants to use my littleness to reveal the greatness of His love. So why couldn’t He use me to do greater things? As a missionary I have to be open and available to being used at all times, with every encounter and every conversation and never underestimate His power to use me to show His unending love.