April 29 2019

April 29 2019

Where you're supposed to be...

April 29

Layman is often a term that is used to describe someone who is not “in ministry.” Sometimes we think pastors, missionaries, or people who work for churches are the only ones in ministry. For a moment I would like to challenge you to consider that every Christian is actually in ministry.

Whether you currently flip burgers, swing a hammer, wait tables, lead a fitness class, teach children to swim, are a bank teller, a receptionist or work in the corporate world, if you are a Christian you are in ministry. In a sense, ministry is simply service. It’s when we say, “God, you put me where I am for a reason. I am available to serve you, and I want my life to bring glory to you.”

In the bible, there is a story about Esther. Although Queen, even in her favored position, she would risk her life by approaching to see the King when he had not requested her presence. Cautiously and courageously Esther approached the King on behalf of the Jewish people. Because of Esther’s courageous act, a whole nation was saved. Esther was sovereignly at the right place at the right time.

How about you? Have you ever thought about the fact that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be right now? A.W. Tozer once stated, “It is no what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular. It is why he does it.” I think this holds just as true for the neighborhood you live in or the campus you’re on as it does for the place you work.

If you catch yourself often saying, “If I could just change my circumstances . . .” Consider first that you might just be right where you’re supposed to be?
Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23

This devotional by Karl Stoneking

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