“If you have a task to be done, find a busy person to do it.” This bit of wisdom has endured through the years. And it must be the plan God follows in choosing His servants.
- Moses was busy with his flocks when God called him to serve.
- Gideon was busy threshing wheat by the wine press.
- Elisha was busy plowing with twelve yoke of oxen.
- David was busy caring for his father’s sheep.
- Peter and Andrew were busy casting a net into the sea.
- James and John were busy mending their nets.
- Matthew was busy collecting customs.
It is a mistake to wait around for God to open some special door of service. Some people fail to recognize opportunity because it so often comes to them in overalls and looks like work. God intends that we get busy where we are. When we are faithful in the place He has assigned us, He can open doors to greater service.
Phillips Brooks wrote: “Oh, do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be strong men and women. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work will be no miracle; but you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.”
Finally, do all your work to the glory of God: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24).