If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. (1 Timothy 4:6).
I learned something recently: that as independent as we think we are, we’re just deceiving ourselves. God designed us to be dependent on other people and our environment. We need each other. We depend on our car to take us from place to place. We depend on our bosses or customers to pay us for work we do. We depend on cooks to make sure we have something to eat. We depend on farmers, chemists, mechanics, bank personnel, vendors, and more to help us in one way or another. Who can claim that they need no one? If it were indeed possible to disconnect ourselves from needing anyone, we would not have any clothes, shoes, soap, appliances, houses, cars, etc.
Likewise, we also depend on God whether we want to or not. He depends on us just the same. It is His will and desire to reach others through us. In this regard, we are ministers and instruments of God. He uses us for His glory. It was designed like this. If we think our value lies outside of God, we are mistaken.
Again, the natural helps us understand the spiritual. Think of a very expensive and beautiful keyboard. A musician obtains one of these and places it on a stand in the music corner of the church, and then he walks away and sits in the congregation. What good is an instrument absent the musician, despite its beauty, features and value? It has no value except to be admired, but is that its intended purpose? When the player applies himself to playing that keyboard, what transpires is something magical. So it is with us, in the hands of God.
Father, may I be Your eyes, ears, hands, feet and mouth to those in my sphere of influence. May I not seek to do my own thing in accomplishing my own will, but seek to do Your will. I want to be used by You to accomplish Your heart’s desire on the earth, in Jesus Name.