Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What's your job?

So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.” (Acts of the Apostles 6:2-4 NLT)

I really find this passage of scripture very interesting. Is it really saying we shouldn't spend time running a food program? Certainly not! But there is a couple of very important messages here.

First, the food program mentioned in this scripture had some issues. It was discriminating between Jews and Gentiles. So, it wasn't exactly a sparkling service for Christ. We need to be cautious of our zealousness to serve. Sometimes we can get so bogged down in the details of the service we lose sight of Jesus. Sometimes we even take that to the extreme of sinning through our ministry. We can really hurt our witness if we do not follow 
Christ-like principles in serving others. 

Second, we all have God given talents. Some are meant to serve in food programs, serving the homeless and poor. Some are meant to preach. Some are meant to lead. Put yourself in a place where your talents can be used. You do not have to do it all. Stick to YOUR ministry, the ministry God has prepared for you. Don't let others make you feel guilty for not serving in one way or another. God has created you for a unique service. Unique to you! What job have you been designed for?

Dear Lord, I thank you for calling me to serve in a unique and special way. I thank you for the gifts you have blessed me with. May I only use them for you. May I never lose focus on you even through serving others. People matter. Your kingdom matters. We need to focus our words, thoughts, and deeds that bring others to know you. I praise you and love you now and forever. Amen!

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