'Seek His will... and He will show you which path to take.' Proverbs 3:6 NLT
Ever felt a bit inferior compared to Christians in full–time ministry? It’s possible to get the idea that ‘overseas missionary’ or at least ‘full–time Christian worker’ is God’s ideal for every Christian. But what about everyone else? Is it possible to be a garbage collector and still be in the bulls–eye of God’s will for you? Well, yes. Definitely. God’s will is not a hierarchy. Even though it can be tempting to think that overseas missionaries are at the top of the tree (with Africa before Europe, and Latin America ahead of North America, obviously…) with pastors second, then youth workers, and somewhere long down the line of importance we get plumbers, mechanics, insurance sales and interns. Because, y’know, how is doing the tea run glorifying the Lord? Of course that’s ridiculous. God’s will is God’s will and, whether it involves changing nappies or changing the world, that makes it the best possible thing. Being God’s will, and all, He’s also using it to grow something in you. You might even say, He’s preparing you for Heaven, through the (even invisible) work He’s had you doing. It’s all valued to Him.
Colossians 3:23 NIV says, ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…’ Notice: ‘Whatever you do…’ Making a cuppa, fixing a leaky tap, unblocking a loo—they can all be glorifying, if we’re giving our heart to Jesus, and serving Him through serving others.
SoulFood: Deut 14-17, Matt 8:1-17, Ps 37:32-40, Prov 12:4-6
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