Too many times I hear people grumble and complain that they don’t understand why God will not use them. But the truth of the matter is we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). God designed each one of us for a purpose. Everything about you, every characteristic that a person has, was designed by God. See, God does nothing in vain. Now, if you spent your time, valuable time at that, to create a perfect tool of some sort you would intend to use it would you not. There is no way you would create a tool without a purpose in mind for it. Likewise, when God created you He did it with a purpose in mind; and there’s nothing He would love more than to use His tool.
So, if we were carefully created by THE ALMIGHTY FATHER for a purpose then why do we feel as if we are not being used for a purpose. Well, let’s look at a few scriptures and see what the Bible says about this very thing.
For we know that the Bible was written as an ensample for us to follow.
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11)
Let’s look at a character in the Bible named Samuel. Samuel’s mother, Hannah, was in a bad way. She was married to the man she loved, who loved her as well, and she wanted nothing more than to be able to give him a son, as was the custom in their time. However, Hannah had a problem, no matter how hard they tried she just couldn’t have a baby and everyone around her laughed at her and made her feel worthless. So one day she went to the temple, praying to the Lord in a humbling way. She was in such hysterics with her prayer that the priest Eli thought her to be drunk. 1 Samuel 1: 12-17 tells how she explains her behavior and he tells her to go in peace, that God grant her what she wanted.
With her granted appeal there was also a requirement in return on her part. It said that when God gave her a son (Samuel) that she would give the child back to God. So, the story goes that she has a son, nursed him, and took him back to the very same temple, to the very same priest, Eli; presenting the child for Gods work. Now, Samuel was little more than a servant, not being of the right tribe for the priesthood he could only do certain duties (not fun stuff). On one occasion, when Samuel was a little older Eli charged him with keeping the flame. You see, in his old age his sight was failing so he was not capable of doing this simple task and his two sons were far too important to be doing something as simple as to watch a flame. So it was decided to make Samuel do it. One night while keeping the flame his name was called. At first, he thought this must be Eli calling him so he runs to Eli and says, “here am I.” This happens a few times until Eli realizes that it was God calling Samuel, so he tells him to go back and answer The Lord. (1 Samuel 3:1-10)
So, what is my point?
A lot of time in life we think we are just wasting our time, that we should and could, be doing more not realizing the purpose of our position in life. See, God is not short minded like us, He sees the entire picture. He alone knows the reason and the purpose of where you’re at in any time in life. We just need to accept our current circumstances as an advancement for the kingdom of God. You can’t accomplish anything by wanting to be somewhere else, but what can you do? Conduct yourself as God would have you in the place he has allowed you to be. Ask yourself how Jesus would handle the situation that you are a part of. Does it line up with the way you are? We know that Jesus is the way. John 14:6 says:
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
So, if you are handling it in a way to honor Him than you are handling it correctly if not you can decide right now to do so. This is how can you better align yourself with the will of God.
You say “But I want to do more everyone else does more than me.”
Remember there is no such thing as unimportant work in the kingdom. Recall Samuel he had to watch a flame so it didn’t go out. How boring would that be? But, I could picture little Samuel, big-eyed full of excitement, watching the flame ecstatic for the simple thought of he was able to do something for God. He was more than willing, he was wanting to do something for the kingdom. He took pride in the simple task.
“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10)
Now he wasn’t doing it in hopes to do more, but being thankful to be considered worthy to do anything for the Almighty.
Here am I….
Here am I is a term used in the Bible quite a few times. What it really means is, at your service. We will do good to remember that we are to be grateful just to be accepted worthy to be at the service of God. I believe too many people stay focused on the calling of God and not what God calls them to do. If a master was to call his servant and tells him to tie his shoe. Does the servant say I’d rather not and walk away? No, he does it. Does he do it with an attitude, like he hates to do it? Or does he/she do it like it’s an honor to do so? Now, which servant would the master call for with the important task when it arrives? The one who did it cause they had to, or the one who done it cause they wanted to?
Luke 12:41-48 (KJV)
Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
We too quickly want to be used just like that at the drop of the hat. But my question to you is how’s your character? Are you living a lifestyle pleasing to God? Don’t worry about the things that you can’t change just focus on the decisions you should change and be happy where God has you. Be thankful to be a part of His plan. And whenever he calls, you are truly able to say, here am I?
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (Isaiah 6:8)