A gentleman from the city was driving down a dirt road when he missed a turn. He ended up in a ditch and everything he tried to get back on the road failed. Looking around he saw a farmer plowing his field with a mule. He approached the farmer and asked for help.
“Me and Dusty will be right there to help you, Sir,” said the farmer.
He hitched Dusty to the car and yelled, “Pull Dusty.” But the mule didn’t budge. He smiled and then yelled, “Pull Sammy. Pull Charlie. Pull Dusty.” Suddenly the mule gave a surge forward and pulled the car from the ditch.
“Why,” asked the gentleman from the city, “did you use three names to get the mule to finally pull my car from the ditch?”
“Well,” said the farmer, “Dusty’s blind and as long as he thought he had to do it alone, he wouldn’t even try.”
God’s work involves many different individuals with many different skills and talents. There is no one person who can do it alone. It takes a team. And individuals on a team must lose their individual identity if the team is to succeed.
We can all become successful members on God’s team if we are willing to set aside our need for attention and work together for His glory. Seeking praise and popularity, recognition and rewards for using the gifts that God’s has given us to get attention is contrary to the teachings of Scripture. Whatever gifts God gives us are to be used in service for Him.
It is important to remember that the praise that comes from people is temporary and will only last for a short time. But the praise that comes from God will last through eternity.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to do what we do for You and You alone. May we always seek Your favor and give You the honor and glory for all that we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.