Recently I communicated with my boss about coming back to work at Chick-Fil-A once again. I am blessed to have a summer job that I can depend on with desirable hours. My boss briefly mentioned that the more flexible I am, the more hours he can give me. No asking for weekends off, a certain number of hours per week, or a $5 raise. Once you think about it, the work place isn't the only time this holds true.
God asks each of us to serve Him with our lives. For some, this means surrendering to the mission field thousands of miles away from home. For others, it could be to raise children to be faithful to the things of God. He calls us to service of varying degrees, but we are all asked to do something.
But there is something standing in the way of God using us as vastly as He desires. It's the only thing that you can give to Him that isn't His already: your will. Surrendering this to God makes us totally open to whatever He wants for us, whether it be what we always dreamed of doing or something even better. How flexible are you for the Lord?
I've caught myself thinking things like:
- I'd love to go to ________ as a missionary, but never _________!
- I can't miss work to be a camp counselor... doesn't God know I have a school bill to pay?
- If I served God in ________ I would never see my family!
- I sure hope God doesn't ask me to _________.
The vice president of Heartland Baptist Bible College often says to the students, "God wants to use you more than you could ever imagine." I can imagine a lot, but I know it's true. However, if you put limits, conditions and lists on what you'll let God do with you, He will never be able to use you to the fullest. Don't limit God... just be flexible, and He will take you on the greatest adventure of your life.
How much is God using you now? Are you living the life you've always dreamed of? I am! By God's grace, I have learned that the smack-dab-center of God's will is where I find fulfillment in life. I promise you, as soon as you let go of your will, God will start to do something incredible. He will give you "plenty of hours" in His service!