“Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.” – Proverbs 14.4 (NLT).
If we complain about the mess that comes with our calling, we are in essence begrudging the purpose that God has given us. Every purpose will have its problems. Every portion of territory God entrust to us will have its mishaps. There’s no way around it.
When we pray for God to expand our sphere of influence, we might as well also pray for more battles to overcome, more fires to put out and more needs to be met. Without problems our purpose would have no meaning.
God does not give us a platform, so we can be blessed; He gives us a platform, so we can bless others. If we are to be like Christ, we will need to be a “last-place servant.”
“He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” – Mark 9.35 (NLT)
All of us have our problems, but only the strong can overcome their own battles while helping others achieve victory too. Not flinching at our dirt stained lives as we plow the hearts of God’s people is powerful. Just like the oxen never veer while they sludge through the muddy fields, we can stay yoked to Christ, knowing that our soiled feet are tracking prints for God’s glory throughout the earth.
The harvest we offer to God may never be tidy, perfect and clean; but it can be an abundant crop, overflowing to the lives of others.
“But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant…” – Matthew 20.26 (NLT)