This is another guest post by my friend Samuel Brengle from his book Helps to Holiness.
When God searches for a man to work … He does not ask, “Has he great natural abilities? Is he thoroughly educated? Is he a fine singer? Is he eloquent in prayer? Can he talk much?”
But, rather, He asks, “Is his heart perfect toward Me? Is he holy? Does he love much? Is he willing to walk by faith, and not by sight? Does he love Me so much and has he such childlike confidence in My love for him that he can trust Me to use him when he doesn’t see any sign that I am using him? Will he be weary and faint when I correct him and try to fit him for greater usefulness? Or will he, like Job, cry out, ‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him’? (Job 13.15). Does he search My Word, and ‘meditate therein day and night,’ in order to ‘do according to all that is written therein’? (Joshua 1.8). Does he wait on Me for My counsel and seek in everything to be led by My Spirit? Or is he stubborn and self-willed, like the horse and the mule, which have to be held in with the bit and bridle (Psalm 32.9), so that I cannot ‘guide him with Mine eye’? (Psalm 32.8). Is he a man-pleaser and a time-server, or is he willing to wait for his reward, and does he seek solely for ‘the honour that cometh from God only’? Does he ‘preach the Word’ and is he ‘instant in season, out of season’? (2 Timothy 4.2). Is he meek and lowly in heart and humble?”
When God finds such a man, He will use Him.
Taken from Samuel Logan Brengle’s Helps to Holiness, page 44-45.