There is a fun article that distinguishes church members by their temperament. According to this article, there is a member who is like a cart since he does not move unless someone pulls him. This kind of person participates in Sunday worship, prayer meeting, and service only when other people lead them. There are other members who are like kites that fly in the sky since they always want to control other people above them. Some others act like cats since they liked to be soothed by other people. But they quickly scratch and attack if anyone get on their nerve. Some church members are like rugby balls since nobody knows where they are going to bounce. But there are some church members who are like a shining jewel since they always say, “Yes” to the Lord’s works.
2 Timothy 1:14 says, “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” People respond differently depending on who is asking. The way we respond to our boss and our coworker can only be different. Then, how should we respond to God when He asks us to do something? How grateful can we be when God who is holy; knows all things, and can do all things asks us to do something for him, although we are lowly and insignificant?
There is a Chinese Proverb called, “Yang Byung Sip Nyun, Yong Byung IL IL.” It means that it takes ten years to train a soldier, but takes only one day to use him. They spent ten years to prepare a soldier to use him for a day. If we truly understand that we prepare ourselves for ten years to protect our country and fellow citizens from the foreign enemies, we would not mind to receive extensive training for ten long years.
Likewise, God has called us to either to expand or protect His Kingdom. It is possible that God calls some of us to save only one soul throughout our entire lives. These kinds of people have to receive a special training throughout their lives so that God can use them just for one day. Since we don’t know when and how God will use us, we must be prepared so that we can be ready to answer whenever God calls us.