Monday, April 27, 2020

Job or Ministry?

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Colossians 3:23-24 (KJV)  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

You probably may have heard people say that ‘‘my job is my ministry, this is where I serve God''. By saying this they mean that whatever their hands find to do which is not evil will be rewarded by God as long as it is done heartily. One of the verses used as back up is today’s Bible text.

It is however sad that although Christians work in almost all the available offices, the kingdom of God is not expressed in such offices. What might the problem be?

Note that your job becomes relevant to God's kingdom agenda only when it affords Him an opportunity in such an office or sphere. If you do a job that refuses God this opportunity and/or hinders you from serving God in the capacity that God has ordained that you serve Him, such a job is a distraction,  and no matter how committed or faithful you are in executing your duty, you will not get any eternal reward from God.

Your job is not your ministry if you are not ministering the realities(nature, power, character) of God to people through it or in it.

Someone may ask, what about Pastors or Ministers whose job is directly related to preaching or ministering the gospel? To answer this, we must understand that for the purpose of this teaching, ministry means bringing God’s kingdom and will to a particular sphere (Matthew 6:10) which could be your workplace. It is possible to be a preacher and yet not be a minister of God. This happens when preaching is only perceived as a job.

Go into today knowing that your job is relevant to God's kingdom (and your assignment in it) to the degree to which it allows God’s will and kingdom to flow.

Pray this way: Lord, help me to serve you acceptably for the rest of my life.
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