Let us see what Elijah says to God. In 1 Kings 19:14 Elijah says “…I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away” (KJV). Elijah saw himself as being zealous for God and everyone else in Israel a backslider. This was a misconception and for Elijah that is what probably led to retirement.
God had to make it clear to Elijah that he was not the only one left. In 1 Kings 19:18 God says, “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him” (KJV). God was saying, “not you” Elijah, but “I” the creator of heaven, in my great plan of the ages have preserved seven thousand people in Israel who are not backsliders.
Today, there are many who are serving God in ways that are known only by God. The same Jesus who saw the widow who gave the best offering is still watching what everyone is doing. God sees everything. What we all need to do is just walk in humility, trust God and know that he has the bigger picture.
In Romans 12:3 Apostle Paul says, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (KJV). As believers we are expected to think of ourselves in a manner that is sober. In this way we will see the potential in other people and our connections in relationships will become strong enough to help us do the work of God more effectively.