As stated earlier, a servant leader is not born but trained. One of the ways God trains servant leaders is in the school of life. Generally, He uses life’s circumstances to train His servant leaders. One of these life’s circumstances is obscurity.
Sometimes, to better understand a word we need to learn the opposite of the word. The opposite of obscurity is notoriety. Who doesn’t want to have some decree of notoriety? However, God uses obscurity not notoriety to train His servant leaders. No one ever heard of Elijah until he is mentioned in 1 Kings 17. We know nothing of his background, but when God needed a prophet to confront Ahab, God called His servant leader out of obscurity. It is in obscurity that God trains his leaders. If you can remain faithful when no one knows your name, then God can use you when everybody knows your name.
Too many believers are trying to be noticed. Instead, we should stay faithful where God has planted us, and wait. When God is ready to push us into the spotlight nothing will stop us. Remember, “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16 (NASB)
When God is developing your inner qualities, He’s never in a hurry, and He never does it in the public eye.
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