Although I think my work is important, I must never think that I am irreplaceable. God has a big army and I am simply one of his foot soldiers. You might say that my work is important, but that I am not particularly important. This is hardly false modesty—this is simply my belief that God’s plans will be accomplished and that His purposes will be fulfilled—with me or without me. In truth, God does not need me; rather, He shows His love toward me by allowing me to serve Him in many interesting and fulfilling ways. Again, God does not need me, but He knows that I need to be needed, so He gives me opportunities to serve and I find service to Him both satisfying and rewarding.
Now as I am a Christ follower, I take His words, “I will open doors that no man can close and I will close doors that no man can open” to heart. If He wants me here, He will keep me here. If He wants me somewhere else, He will send me there. This is comforting, for I know that if I am in His will, I will be right where I need to be. So what is my attitude about all this: Where He sends me, I will follow.
A scalpel in the hands of a gifted surgeon can be used to repair a diseased organ or remove cancerous tissue, but the scalpel is just a tool and it is the surgeon who cares for the patient. Similarly, I am a tool—nothing more—in the hands of God who is far stronger and wiser than me.
Again, my job is to obey His will. I have walked with Him a long, long time and, thus far, He has never steered me wrong. I find my fulfillment in Him. I find my identity in Him. And I find my inner peace through Him. If I am acting in accordance with His will, I can be at peace with myself. As I said, He has never steered me in a wrong direction. For this reason, I have no cause to believe that He will mislead me now.