“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” (I Corinthians 4:2)
Paul declared that one of the greatest virtues of a servant of the Lord is faithfulness.
There’s a story about a man told by God to push against a huge rock as the primary work for his lifetime. For many years the man did that. Exhausted, burned out and discouraged he told the Lord that the rock had not moved a centimeter. The Lord responded that He had not told the man to move the rock, but to push against it. He made the observation that pushing against the rock had given him a strong healthy and muscular body. God knew all along that only He could move that rock.
This leads to an acrostic based on the word push:
I am now living in my 82nd year. One of the observations I’ve made in my long life is that God is our Mentor. He is always teaching us and is fiercely committed to the proposition that we are going to grow spiritually and in every other way. He deliberately assigns us tasks that are not only difficult, but impossible, knowing that those tasks will grow and mature us into faithful servants He can use to do through us what only He can do in this world.
Another observation without which I could not function as a human being, especially as a pastor, is what I call Four Spiritual Secrets. Concisely put: I’m not, I can’t, I don’t even want to — but He is, He can, He wants to, and He does.
Trusting God push and pray, so God can do His work in and through you.
Dick Woodward, 20 June 2012