Where You Belong
“That God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ….” 1 Peter 4:11
God seems sometimes to waste his saints according to our viewpoint, putting them into what seem most useless places, not at all in keeping with their gifts and “possibilities.” Most promising ones he may remove early and eagles he sometimes appears to put on hummingbird nests. But he is not concerned with putting us where we can best demonstrate our ability nor even where we can be of most service but only where we can best glorify him. He may even take us out of active service and sentence us to what seems dreariest failure that he might have the preeminence.
I suspect that much of our praying to be used is selfish and underneath it is the sneaking desire to make our mark and be recognized. We would use the divine sanction to put ourselves across. But simply to drop all our dreams and ambitions and preferences and have no mind about it all, but be willing for God to shift us anywhere on life’s checkerboard, or bury us anywhere in life’s garden, counting not our lives dear and loving them not unto the death, gladly yielding ourselves for God to please himself with, anywhere and any way he chooses—that is rarely done.
It does not matter whether you are being “appreciated” or recognized or “used” as you think you should, but is God glorifying himself in you?