What It Means to Be a Servant of God

God Tests His Servant

“It would take an hour just in driving around,” I complained to myself.

I had made arrangements to take two AWANA girls, Shaaraim and my daughter, Jenny, to witness to new girls who had visited the club. I don’t remember what else I wanted to do that day, but my complaints were short-lived anyway. At the time, I had been learning about being an obedient servant to my Lord. I knew if I really saw myself as a servant, and God as my Lord, then He should have full freedom to ask me to do or say anything, anywhere, 24/7.

Prayer Paves the Way

I had already asked for prayer for these girls from my “e-vangelism team.” This faithful handful prays for people as I send them emails about different witnessing opportunities. They had been praying for the salvation of five girls visiting AWANA at our church. Already at the last club meeting, Brittany prayed to receive Christ.

The next day we were on our way to visit Jacki, Samantha, and Krystal. The three girls were playing a few houses away in someone’s driveway. One of the mothers gave me permission to go talk to them. They might have already been Christians, but Samantha prayed anyway. While I was sharing, three other girls came on bicycles and heard the Gospel, too! One, Megan, was already a Christian.

God Is Faithful to His Reluctant Servant

What an awesome God! As a result of prayers, seven girls heard the Gospel, two learned about witnessing, and two received Christ! It was a small investment of time with a BIG eternal return! I’ve long since forgotten whatever was on my agenda that day. I’m sure it was insignificant when weighed in the balance with the offer of eternal life for seven young girls.

I’m still learning to lay aside my own agenda for His. Re-reading this story reminds me that His plans for my days are better than my plans. And also, that He is faithful even when I’m reluctant to follow His leading.

but Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” ~ Luke 18:16 (GNT)

NOTES:

  • This post was originally published in January of 2006.
  • The photo of the girls is available on Wikimedia Commons.

 

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