There is only one way to serve Jesus and the kingdom of God and that is to be led by His Spirit and to do as He instructs us, but we have to be trained, taught and disciplined by Him before He can use us as He wills. It is a life long calling and we will have to bear that until the end. Just like any tree planted in the Master’s vineyard, we will be pruned, corrected and adapted to be able to bear more fruit. Every tree that does not bear fruit will get cut down and burned.
We must be like clay in the hands of the potter, moldable so that He can form and make us into whatever shape and form is useful to Him.
Jesus calls us for His plan and purpose. Either we answer to the call, follow Him and yield to Him or He will discard of us. If we do not want to serve Him, we have no place in His kingdom.
Jesus called Paul to serve Him. Paul testified: 14“And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15“And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16‘But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; 17rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’ Acts 24:14-18.
Paul, then still Saul was persecuting the followers of Jesus. He was kicking against the goads, the prongs that Jesus had laid in his way, but he answered to the call and followed Jesus. He was taught by Jesus Himself through revelation.
Jesus will take you along a very narrow specific path where you do His will to achieve His purpose. His instruments are precise and His goals are exact. You will be led by Him and do that which He tells you to do, no deviation. He will break you before He makes you into a suitable instrument to be used by Him.
He will break your will. He will destroy your plans, your self-confidence, your illusions and show you the bare truth that without Him you can do nothing. Without Him we are nothing.
Jesus is Lord. He reigns. All His servants serve Him but they will first learn obedience through what they suffer, just like Jesus Himself learned obedience through what He suffered.
Jesus came to do the will of the Father, and like Him, those who become His disciples, those who were called by Him and who answered the call, will do His will, not their own. They will speak his words, not their own. They will glorify Him, because He lives in them and they do His works.
Have we become clay in the hands of the Potter? Can He form and make us as He pleases, or are we stubborn, unyielding, ready to be discarded?
May Jesus bless you.