When God gives us an assignment (task, opportunity to serve) He is, of course, concerned that we complete it in the most effective manner and on his time schedule. He will guide us so that we are able to do what He has directed. He has promised we will be able to do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). He will give us the ability and strength necessary to complete the assignment.
However, He is also concerned with the changes that take place in us during the completion of the task. Do we become more cynical, critical and impatient? Does our self-reliance increase while our God-reliance decreases? Do we allow ourselves to become more task-oriented and less people-oriented?
Unfortunately we can sometimes reach the narrow achievement goal He gives us but move farther away from the larger become-like-Christ goal He has for us each day.
If at the end of each assigned task we are not more humble, yielded, kind and pleasant than when we started, we might not hear “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23).
I’m glad I serve a God who is concerned with my spiritual growth while I am trying to serve Him.