“God can use a man like Jonah far more than He can use a spineless, compromising one. ‘I would thou wert cold or hot,’ the Lord said to the Laodiceans (Revelation 3: 15). In spite of his many faults, Jonah was just the man for Nineveh. Nobody else would do. Likewise God can use us, no matter what our temperamental strengths and weaknesses might be. He has a place for all of us in His plan, whether we are impetuous like Peter, crafty like Jacob, meek like Moses, or headstrong like Jonah. But first He must extinguish our passions, which are too often set on fire by Hell, and then rekindle them with fire from on high. God does not try to make a Peter out of a Paul, a Samson out of a Samuel, or a Moses out of a Joshua. God takes people as He finds them, changes them, and then uses them. Jonah is the classic Biblical example of how God does His perfect work with an imperfect instrument.”
– John Phillips
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Colossians 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Psalms 37:4-5 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
1 John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
1 Peter 4:10-11 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.