We have two dogs on our farm, a Brittany named Rover and a black Lab named Rufus. Rover is wonderful, patient, gentle, and very sweet. Rufus is wonderful also, but where Rover is gentle, Rufus is more of a bulldozer in his personality. His 100 pounds of muscle easily becomes a lot more when he is excited about something. Especially food.
Rufus thinks food is the best creation, ever. Whether it’s a bone to gnaw on, a dish of his food at meal times, or the occasional treat, he will focus on it with laser point accuracy. This morning I was giving the dogs a treat before I went to work and I watched Rufus bypass his treat because he was focused on Rover’s treat. It was the same treat, same size and flavor, but Rufus couldn’t recognize that. All he could see was that Rover was getting something and it might be better that what I was going to offer to him.
Have you ever noticed that we do the same thing with God? We tend to look at all the ways He is moving and blessing those around us and we think, “What about me? Why am I not getting that, too? We need to remember that each position, each gift, each purpose we are given is for the task God would have us perform. Some us teach, some write, some preach, some evangelize, some serve in other countries, some serve at home. But we cannot take each person and move them around and put them in other places and expect them to succeed.
God knows our gifts and talents and gives them accordingly. We may wish we had something else but when we do that we are also dismissing the gifts God did give. First Corinthians 12:12-26 describes this truth to help us remember, no matter our position, when we are serving God our attention is to be on what He has given us not what He has given others.
So Best Beloved, let us do as Dietrich Bonhoeffer suggested, “The disciple looks solely at his master.” As the hymn says, Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face; And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of His glory and grace.