Why? What’s life all about? What am I supposed to be doing? Ever ran through such questions in your head? Worried that your life won’t add up to anything? Interesting as the devotional I picked up today as I continue through work themed devotionals is titled “How Do I Find My Calling?“.
Today’s reading starts with:
31So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
–from 1 Corinthians 10
It speaks to our purpose. It tells us that in all we do, do it “to the glory of God”! We have all been created on purpose for a purpose with a purpose! We were created in the image of God! We are valuable to God! As we know from the last devotional that pulled from Matthew 25 – we have each been given gifts and talents that we need to be good stewards in our family, community, and world.
Do you realize you are important to God? Ever find yourself worried or in fear of living a life of insignificance? Why? I know in the last couple of weeks I had spoken life into the life of a coworker as God gave me words of encouragement to them. That they matter! That they are important! That God created them on purpose for a purpose with a purpose! Those of us who see this and know this can’t keep it bottled up, but have to share it with those around us! We need to be a light into the darkness! We need to be hope to the hopeless! We need to be present in the places God has sent us! There are many who need to receive the truth, the hope, and the love of God in their lives! There are many who need to receive the truth, the hope, and the love that comes from the message that God want them to make a difference in the world through the unique gifts He has given them! And until everyone realized these truths, there will be a crisis of people wondering…”What’s my calling?”, “Do I have purpose?” “Why am I even here?”
So don’t be living all about you! Don’t be selfish, but rather we need to seek and save the lost! We need to not be selfish and love and serve God and serve others in the specific ways provided by God in our gifting! It’s not all about us, but as our first verse of today speaks we are to do it all for the glory of God! We need to glorify Him! That’s part of our purpose and our calling! In all we do, let’s glorify God!
So in our work, what do people see? In our workplace, what do our lives speak when our words are few? Why would anyone ever come to you in the midst of their crisis? Is there something about you and the way you live that draws them to you? Is there something about God shining through you that causes them to want to know your story? Is there something about how you live that points to the love that is in you? Is there something about how you live that points to the values that are in you? Is there something about how you work that points to values and ethics you believe in? Is there something about how you work that points to something greater than just going through the motions day in and day out but speaks to your calling and purpose? That you are living on purpose with a purpose in everything you do?
Ever gotten to the point where you know what you believe in and have a personal faith? Ever wondered about how can you or should you be living your publically? How are you supposed to use your gifts publically to the glory of God? How you are supposed to use your gifts on the job and in the church for the glory of God?
Let’s continue in today’s reading and see what we hear…
11For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
–from Jeremiah 29
and the last part of today’s reading is…
1I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
–from Ephesians 4
So let’s start with Jeremiah and reflect on God’s plan. How we should live and work. Being created in the image of God, we should be living lives that share the love and goodness of God! We should be people who are speaking of hope and a future! Some think of work as a necessary evil, but that wasn’t God’s plan. How often do you hear people say “Happy Monday!” or “Thank God it’s Monday!”? Why not? What makes Monday any worse than the rest of the week? Jeremiah’s quote above was a message while people had been exiled from their homes, but wasn’t it a message of hope? Jeremiah’s message earlier in the chapter spoke the following
5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. 6Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
–from Jeremiah 29
Does that sounds like a doom and gloom … oh it’s Monday … type of message? No!
So let’s not get caught in that trap! Let’s seek to flourish in our communities! Let’s seek to help make our communities prosper! Let’s do all this in gifts of the Spirit God has given to us! Let’s do it patiently and with kindness, without envy or boasting, without arrogance or rudeness, without pride, without being self seeking or self centered, without anger, without keeping track of offenses, but rather by covering them with forgiveness so that no bitter root can take hold! Let’s persevere in hope, faith, and love for the greatest of these is love!
If we aren’t setting things in the right light, then we end up setting ourselves up for an upset. Today’s devotional (day 1) makes some great points which I will quote…
Many idealistic young people set about work with unrealistic expectations about work and success in a future career. Now the “mid-life crisis” is coming earlier. People are starting to discuss the “quarter-life crisis.”Students who have been the best and brightest all their lives are feeling bogged down and unfulfilled in their careers. Their high expectations are dashed. Success has not come as quickly as they had hoped.The central reason for these various problems is a failure to develop a thorough biblical theology of work. Over the next few days, we will explore how to discern God’s call in your life.Do you fear living an insignificant life? Why or why not?