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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

PLACED BY GOD

God has the best job placement plan ever. He knows where he wants his servants and has us strategically placed throughout the world to serve him. God has his servants all over the earth in different jobs to "plant seeds" for him and to be his ambassadors. Look at where you are in life as an opportunity to serve Jesus right where he has you. You are not just doing earthly work but ultimately working for the heavenly kingdom to come. This earth is only our temporary home.

God has his servants doing all sorts of jobs. Everything from ditch diggers, garbage men, stay home moms, secretary's, accountants, actors, school teachers, doctors, pilots, military members to members of Congress and Senate to name a few. When he places you where you are you are to be salt and light. Matthew 5:13-16 says "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

Instead of complaining about where you are look at it as an opportunity to serve Jesus. Say "Father today help me show Jesus love to those around me in my little corner of the world." And we are never to act better than people just because we feel like where we are is better than others. It would be easy to get puffed up thinking where you live, what your job is, who you know and all the rest is more important than the next guy. God has a plan and a purpose for all his children and each one is important to him whether you are a company president or the barista at the local coffee house.

I have heard it said that some may be the only Christian in their office and say "Lord can't you put me in an office with other Christians to fellowship with?" First you pray you want to be a witness so he answers your prayer and there you are the only believer living for the Lord in your company then you whine because you are 'all alone' as a believer and want to have your 'holy huddle' to comfort you. Sometimes God wants us to leave our comfort zone to serve him. Today in church it was mentioned that to those who serve in prison ministry often times it is scary and uncomfortable to go behind locked bars but then you see the Lord has placed you there to show his love to those incarcerated and not to judge them. Once again you are his hands and feet in a lonely world.

Be sure to be a good witness for him where you are placed. Do not be lazy but be a hard worker, honest, eager to help, and full of joy. Colossians 3:23 says "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." This includes the very important ministry of a stay home mom. I used to tell people I was "raising leaders for the future". Too many people devalue the stay home mom but she is many things rolled into one and should not be made to feel less for her choice to give her all to her children, which are in fact the future.

What do you do for the kingdom? Do you see your job as a ministry and outreach? A ministry is not just in church but it can be outside the walls as well. Psalm 100:2 says to "Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing." A minister is a servant. Be the type of servant that brings glory to the kingdom of God. Be grateful for where you are in life and look for opportunities to share the love of Jesus with those around you.

PRAYER: Thanks for just where you have me Lord. Forgive me if I have ever acted ungrateful for where you have placed me in life. I want to show your love to those in my circle of influence. I know you have a plan for me and help me to go out each day with a good attitude to share the love of Jesus with those I come in contact with. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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