What do I mean by that? I mean, let’s not make excuses as to why we’re not flourishing in our service to God, or why we’re not obeying what He asks us to do. But let’s give 100% of us to be a witness, through our lives, wherever God puts us and in whatever situation. God allows each of us to have challenges, but they are not to be an excuse for us.
In Philippians 1:12-18, Paul is in prison, and instead of being angry or sulking, he sees the purpose that God had for it. You could say, he bloomed! In verse 12, he says that his imprisonment furthered the gospel. In verse 13, he said that it even got him into the palace. And in verses 14-18, other people were now more boldly preaching Christ without fear.
We have to avoid the mindsets of our culture—that it’s all about me, or how I feel, or that’s not fair. Instead, when situations occur, ask, “What is God up to?” No matter what we’re facing, whatever the injustice seems to us, we need to train ourselves (through humility) to pray, “Lord, to me this doesn’t make sense. But I know you see the bigger picture, and I choose to trust YOU.” Also, we need to watch our attitudes because others are watching us. You see, we are seeing the physical side, but God has a heavenly side to all these events in our lives.
There is another great example in Esther. She had lost both of her parents, was taken away from her homeland, and then was married to an angry, arrogant, unsaved man. This is a situation that none of us would choose of our own accord, but she bloomed where she was planted too!
In Esther 4:16, she laid her life on the line to obey God. She did not choose to live in self-pity. Because of her submission, many people were saved in that time.
“You, too, are a tool in the hand of God, being applied to situations that may just feel like ‘everyday life’ to you but are actually backlit stages where the purposes of God are being put on display from your street address. And he knows the audience that He’s playing to, whether it be members of your family, church friends, random acquaintances—whoever needs to see His power at work in a surrendered heart…like yours.”
God has a purpose for where you are right now. He has a role for you in His plan, if you accept it and obey Him. He does not depend on us though, because He’ll use another if we decide not to obey, but who wouldn’t want to be used by God? (I know I do!)
Keep in mind, things are not the way they’ll always be. God will right all injustices—but we don’t need to worry about them. And if we do our best to bloom for God, in whatever situation we’re in, at the end we can say like Paul did (and Esther could’ve) that “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). All that He allows in our lives is part of His plan, to further His message. Lord, help us to bloom for you!