24 Each of you, dear brothers and sisters, should remain as you were when God first called you — 1 Cor. 7:24 NLT
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 tent-maker 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.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
21 All of King Solomon’s drinking cups were solid gold, as were all the utensils in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. They were not made of silver, for silver was considered worthless in Solomon’s day! — 1Kings 10:21 NLT
Can you imagine being blessed so abundantly that you would consider silver as being worthless? I don’t think my “imaginer” works that well. And we must remember that Solomon did not ask for wealth, he asked for wisdom. Since he recieved all the worldly goods he did not ask for, the wisdom that Solomon did ask for and receive would have been out of this world. Since it was divine wisdom from heaven, it certainly would have been from somewhere out of this world. The point is this; God wants to bless us with super-abundance, but God is not a wasteful God. He blesses each of us with what we need and as much more as we can handle. Each of us is blessed with a gift that is to be used for the growth of His Kingdom. There is one job that God has designed each of us to do and we can do that job better than anyon else can do it. Why? Because God provides us with the wisdom and the resources to do that job. Not all of us can be great leaders worthy of worldly fame, but each of us has a tremendous job to do in the work of the Kingdom. Not all of us can handle great wealth, we can see the proof of that when we read the sad stories of the people who win millions in the lotteries and a few years later they are broke. We see proof of it when great sports figures who received millions of dollars while playing have to file bankruptcy a few years after retirement. God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. When we discover that plan and we are content to fulfill His purpose, then we can truly see that “all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to HIS PURPOSE”.
23 But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us. 24 Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.” — 1 Samuel 30:23, 24 NLT
All of us are spiritual warriors and we live in a spiritual warzone. Some of us go to other lands to carry on the battle and this is important. But just as important are those who stay behind and guard the “stuff”. In our case, the “stuff” is carrying on services in local churches, teaching Sunday School classes and witnessing to those around us. We are fighting the same enemy whether we go or stay. What sense would it make to go to battle for others and lose our own families and neighbors? One job is just as important as the other. How could we carry on any campaign against the enemy, if we didn’t have workers who supported the war with their tithes? God has given each of us talents and He has a plan and a purpose for each of us to use those talents in service to Him.
Our mission, Mr./Mrs/Miss Christian, should we decide to accept it, is to determine what those talents are and use them for Kingdom purposes. There are no spectators on the battlefield. Each of us has a job to do and God has blessed each of us with the talent to do it. The war has been won, we know the final outcome. Jesus wins! But there are battles to be fought and we need to strap on the full armor of God, step up and take our position in the fight. Just as God told Jehosphat, the battle is not yours, it is mine, but you and your people still have to take up your position on the battlefield. 2 Chronicles 20:15-17
So it is today, God will win the battle for us, but we still have a job to do. We must take up our position on the battlefield and stand while He fights the battle.