“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another.” (Psalm 75:6-7).
How do you feel about your job? Love it … Hate it …. Wish you could quit …. Terrified of being fired??
Listen: It doesn’t really matter whether you like it or not, because the things happening there are shaping you into the person God is going to use ….
Our culture has tried convincing us that chasing our dreams is what life’s all about. The work we do, the opportunities we pursue; we think they should be fulfilling this burning passion we carry around inside us. We think they should exhilarate us and pop us out of bed every morning, thrilled to spend one more day experiencing the constant satisfaction of “doing-what-we-love-and-loving-what-we-do”…..
But have you noticed that most of the people we meet in the Bible don’t square with that experience? Think of Moses, for example. He was a fairly important guy, right? But, do you think leading the children of Israel was his dream job? Do you think there were parts of his duties he didn’t particularly like, or that he might have wanted a little more time off? Or even any time off? Moses spent most of his days listening to the people whining, groaning and complaining, rather than feeling any love or appreciation from them whatsoever …..
But Moses had a calling. Just like YOU have a calling. And he was determined to stay faithful to that calling, even if it didn’t come with the option of chasing his dreams or an excellent retirement package ….
You are a follower of Jesus Christ, currently assigned to whatever task is before you today. You are a minister of His gospel, employed at your work site, or perhaps unemployed with no work site. And your job description today is to embrace what may be an obscure, unpleasant, or menial task, and to treat it as God’s preparation for something that’s wayyy more important than any old work position ….
Jesus said, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39). This tells me not everyone is owed a job that turns their crank and lights their fancy. This tells me our lives are hard work, sacrifice, and our jobs are not always thrilling. The Scripture says of our time on the earth, “This is no place to rest” (Micah 2:10), and that we are“sojourners and exiles”(1 Peter 2:11). We are not in heaven yet. Our everyday lives simply will not delight us at every turn, but oh, the eternal rewards far outweigh any trivial discomforts, inconviences, or sacrifices …..
Your job and career may seem to have you stuck in the middle of nowhere, where no one is likely to discover or notice you, where any movement up the ladder appears unlikely, and where you simply don’t see a lot of good things happening. And yet “promotion” doesn’t come “from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south” (75:6-7). It comes from God alone. He decides what brings Him glory. He decides where you’re best suited to serve Him right now. He is the judge, the only one who “puts down one and exalts another”(75:7).
Going to that factory, phone bank, or fast food joint may be the last thing you feel like doing today. But doing your job; even if it’s a job you don’t particularly love; is a task worthy of respect and esteem. Your dreams may not come calling today, but your God will. God IS, and His calling is able to take you places that you can’t even imagine, nor any dream ever could ….
Reflect today on this Labor day, how you may have reacted to certain days or seasons when your current job or career path is a struggle for you? Why would our enemy want to make you believe that the purpose of your job is to follow your dreams?
You have a dream job, which is to serve Him and remain focused on doing His will and this is your essential calling. The benefits are priceless and without measure. It is written: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”
Let us pray ~
Lord God, You alone are the source of my skills and talents. And I realize that You have ignited interests within me that I long to see developed, used, and perfected for Your glory. Help me everyday to.remain focused and entrust these dreams and passions to You Lord, and not demand their fullfillment. Make my chief desire above all else to be loving You, serving You in all obedience, and remaining faithful to You and the calling that You have on my life. By Your grace I will do all today and I will glorify You as I.do it. Strengthen me for any task that You place before me this day. In Jesus name I pray, Amen…..