Many Christians want to be celebrities and not servants. Once a horseman offered to sell his horse to Pastor Henry Ward Beecher. He promoted the animal in glowing terms: “Mr. Beecher, I have a good family horse I want to sell you. He is a good saddle horse, a good buggy horse, and a good carriage horse. He works double with any other horse, one on either side of the tongue. In short, he is a good all-round horse and a good team worker.”
The pastor answered, “My friend, I can’t buy your horse, but I would like to have him as a member of my church.”
Just as salvation is a simple process, so is our service for Christ. It does not require a seminary education, a résumé of our qualifications for the task, or a fulfilled quota of previous ministry experience. The only things God requires on our part are willingness to allow Him to work through us and faithfulness in the place where we presently serve. When we say, “Yes, God, I will allow You to use me as You see fit,” and serve Him faithfully where we are, then He will take care of the variables along the way.
Have you said “yes” to God? Have you been a good all-round horse? Then watch out, because soon He will give you opportunities you never thought possible. He will open doors you did not think could be opened. He will make you of use — consciously or unconsciously — for the rest of your life.
Perhaps you feel God calling you into the ministry, but you are young and single. You are unsure where God wants you to serve or with whom He wants you to serve. You are wondering how He can use you right now. Keep it simple, steward. Just say yes and leave the variables in His hands.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. — Theodore Roosevelt
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.