It is more important to allow God to work in you and develop you than to do a ‘good job’ at home or at work. The former doesn’t diminish the other necessarily but should be the primary focus of a Christian who is longing for a deeper walk with Christ.
When comparing God’s workmanship in us and our own impact on those around us, the heavenly potter’s hands are infinitely more skilled in creating in us what this world needs. God’s refining fire, if allowed into our life and into our hearts, leads to a superior spiritual life that reflects God’s love to family, friends and co-workers. A Christian’s goal should be to develop the spiritual man and through His grace and power, to put to death fleshly tendencies and desires.
Considering that the mission field is all around us, being a lazy homemaker or worker is not an option, of course. But once more, the high standard we set in our jobs and with our families should be secondary to the development work God is doing in each of us.
What does this mean? Do we make a fool of ourselves and spent hours studying the Scriptures while on the clock? No. What it means is that we must yield! God will allow and even orchestrate difficult situations in our life. We will suffer rejection, unfairness and be the subject of gossip and backstabbing. But even if it’s undeserved, we must lift up our eyes and see God’s grace in it all, because all of it can be used and can contribute to our own growth and development in Him.
After all, what did Jesus do to deserve the cross?
The torture of knowing that people are uttering falsehoods about you and your inability to stop it can have a gigantic impact on our emotions. It can raise stress levels and will affect our spiritual and physical health if we let it.
God allows hardships in our life to kill pride, doubt, anger, jealousy and other sins in our lives. Through longsuffering, we become more acquainted with Jesus’ agony in the garden of Gethsemane. We draw closer to Him, and He draws closer to us. When the soul is in pain, we long for more of Him, get hungrier for the Scriptures, meditating on them longer and more often. By doing this, we allow His word to take root in our life and we become more intimate with Him!
This is the foundation of a deeper life, which leads to greener pastures and abundant water. The building of character is what meaningful leadership is about.
Every true leader emerges from a Gethsemane. What is your Gethsemane? What is mine? Once we are in the garden, let us marvel at God’s grace and mercy rather than wonder why He has abandoned us. Instead of being lost and afraid, let us lift our eyes to Him and smile. He has deemed us worthy enough to invest time and energy so that we can draw nearer to Him. The reward is invaluable, in that we get to know Him more. The outcome is that our transformation into a better person, better leader and most importantly a better witness to the mission field that surrounds us.