On Being A Servant
At Bible study right now, we're on the first missionary journey with the apostle Paul and finding that right from the get-go he faced opposition. There was opposition in Antioch, so he went to Iconium; there was opposition in Iconium, so he went to Lystra; etc., etc., etc. Opposition every step of the way. We might tend to think, really? That doesn't make sense! Paul was serving the Lord. He gave his life for the gospel. Why would the Lord allow him to suffer opposition?
It seems backwards! It seems like his way would be smooth-sailing. And, as new believers, we might even think that ... at least for a time.
You know, sometimes we get a romantic view of what it will look like to serve Christ. We might even think how important we would be if we were called to the mission field, or if we were called to be a pastor or to what we might consider a prominent position. In our "humanness," we might be motivated by a desire to be successful or to be seen. Or maybe we have a desire to be significant, which isn't a bad thing in and of itself. But the correct posture for us, rather than seeking importance or even significance, is to seek to be useful to the Lord.
That was Paul's heart. And because of that, when the opposition came, he simply continued on with the work: going to the next place on the map and preaching the gospel there.
You see, that's what you do when you're called to be a servant.
The fact is, each and every one of us has a calling on our life. Each of us has a destiny of usefulness to God. We have each been given gifts to be used for the kingdom. But the only calling that will be of profit to us or to the world around us is the one to which we are called by God. And within that calling, there will often be great opposition.
Listen to Oswald Chambers on the subject: "God doesn't call us to do things that are easy to us naturally, He only asks us to do the things we are perfectly fitted to do by His grace, and the cross will come along that line always."
And there it is!