Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.
Christian business leader, Fred Smith, Sr., once met evangelist Torrey Johnson when the latter was a young man starting Youth for Christ. Smith asked Torrey for his picture and autograph, and Torrey signed the picture with the inscription: “To Fred, God’s man in God’s place.” Though thankful for the picture, Fred never hung it on his wall. He kept it in a drawer, because he always worried about how seldom he felt he really was God’s man in God’s place. Only years later did he realize there’s nothing egotistical about letting God use us. We serve Him humbly as we let Him accomplish His work through us and as we use our time for the things He wants to get done.
Jesus came to seek, to serve, and to save; and God used Him to change the world. He was God’s Man in God’s place. As He lives within us He continues His work through us. It’s never about us; it’s always about Him—“Not I, but Christ!” (Galatians 2:20, KJV).
It’s not boastful to be God’s person in God’s place, as long as it’s all about God! Be thankful He wants to use you today, not to be served but to serve on His behalf.
What a wonderful feeling to realize God is using us rather than our using God. So long as we keep that spiritual dimension in our leadership, people will see God in us.
Fred Smith, Sr.
Acts 27 – 28