Work is Ministry
Acts 18:1-4 (NLT) 1 Then Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he became acquainted with a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently arrived from Italy with his wife, Priscilla. They had left Italy when Claudius Caesar deported all Jews from Rome. 3 Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers just as he was.
1 Corinthians 7: 20-24 (NLT)20 Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you. 21 Are you a slave? Don’t let that worry you—but if you get a chance to be free, take it. 22 And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ. 23 God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. 24 Each of you, dear brothers and sisters, should remain as you were when God first called you.
Somehow, we seem to have come to the conclusion that we have to be “called” into a special place to be ministers for Jesus Christ. And it is true that God does place a special calling on some people. He calls people to be apostles, preachers, teachers, evangelists, pastors, deacons and other positions. But it was never His plan that all of us should be called to those positions. It has always been His plan that each of us should be involved in full-time ministry wherever we are or whatever we are doing. How do we do that? Paul was a tentmaker and he continued to work at that trade for a time. He worked a regular job and preached and taught on the Sabbath. God tells all of us in the passage from 1 Corinthians to stay where we are and continue doing our regular work until He shows us something different to do. God has called some to be wage earners and workplace ministers. Pray this morning that God would show you how He is using you in your workplace. Every year, church attendance is dropping. Our society is to the point that God must have workplace ministers to show people the love of Jesus Christ.
Good reminder, Wally, of our ‘everyday’ work is also God’s work thru us wherever we are. I once heard a woman say her calling was to wash the dishes everyday! Most women can relate to that! Ps 90:17 says, “And let the beauty of the LOD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us” –Eccles 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” — but I think my favorite is Col. 3:23, “…And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” Thank God He has given us work! Life would be so boring without it, and He knows it gives us satisfaction. But we pray that every effort will be a testimony to others of the joy He has put within us that is free for all! Amen!