I often work with college internship students. One of my instructional points I hammer into their brains is to have a servant spirit – one who’s willing to do whatever is asked and to sit down, shut up, and observe the culture of the office. But often I’ve found that the students are so humble they never speak up. They take on such servants hearts that they loose their ability to be confident. Fear keeps them from asking questions and expressing to their employer what kinds of things they’d like to learn. Employers will tell me on their final evaluations that it’s not until their last work day of their internship that the student finally expresses himself. Had the student spoken up and not been intimated, he would have spent more time with the intern mentoring him. The employer had adopted the student into his company but fear kept the student enslaved and unable to fully take advantage of an opportunity to grow and flourish.
Paul says in Romans 8:15 ESV “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” God’s adopted us as a child of His Kingdom. He wants us to ask Him how to do things, to admit we’re incapable and need a savior and mentor. He wants us to be free and open to express ourselves to Him. Yes, we’re committed to Him and want to serve Him fully as His servant, but He wants us to be knowledgeable, capable and fearless in all we do. Are you waiting to ask the God for guidance and mentorship? Are you missing an opportunity because you haven’t talked to Him about something? Express Yourself!