I was speaking not long ago with an eager young man who wants to serve the Lord on the mission field. Without knowing where the Lord would send him, he quit his job and made an announcement of his intentions. I applaud such energetic pursuits after the Lord’s work. At the same time, there are lessons God wants to teach us in preparation for His calling and His work so we are abundant in fruitfulness.
I would put forth this axiom: The more we are willing for God to prepare us, the more effective and fruitful we will be in His work in and through us, and the more He will be glorified by all we do.
Moses is a great example of the long years of preparation God put him through for the task of leading Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land of Canaan. Take note of these steps:
Obviously, every leader that God uses does not go through 80 years of preparation, but it does remind us how much He wants us to be willing to let God set the time-table on our preparation. Never under estimate how God wants to use you and be willing to let Him shape your life for His purpose to bring Him glory!
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