February 18, 2019 Exodus 36,37; Matthew 18

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Vocation is Just Location | guest post

S~ Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Ohdiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to do the work. Exodus 36:2 (NIV)

O~ Even here, in the wilderness, we see the gift of free will. The Israelites didn’t work like robots – they worked because they were willing (and let’s be honest, there probably wasn’t a whole lot else going on). But in this instance, they were working “directly” for God. Sometimes we think we have to work directly for God to be doing what we were made for, but working for God doesn’t have to be your vocation. God has given you the ability to do that which He has set before you, but you still get to choose who you are working for. Yourself? Others? Or God?

Paul writes in Colossians, “Work willingly at all you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people,” (Col 3:23). Sometimes, people think it would be so much easier if they worked in a church or ministry – that they would finally be able to live out their calling and they could just work for God. Perhaps. But really, doing the work of God begins with a willing heart – right where you are. Your job doesn’t define you; Christ defines you. Your vocation is simply your location.

A~ At work the other day I felt like my co-workers were upset with me. I’d made a couple mistakes on some reports and I wondered if they were mad, but didn’t want to say anything to me directly. I’d heard them talk about other co-workers and I began to worry if they were talking about me, too. Chances are they probably were.

So what? So I made some mistakes, and maybe my co-workers were talking about me behind my back. What could I do about it? In that moment, I chose to give myself grace; I’d made some mistakes, and not everyone is going to like me. That’s reality. The other reality is that my current job isn’t ministry or church related, but I know it’s where God wants me. I am choosing to work for God even here. I’m reminded today that He has given me the ability to do this job, and I am willing to serve Him wherever He puts me. My “job” is to love God and love people. My offering is what I bring to do the job – whatever my vocation. I’m going to make mistakes, and it’s not going to be perfect, but I know God is in it, because He is in me. And I’m choosing to trust in Him and work for Him.

P~ Lord, thank You for my job. Thank you for giving me a peace this world does not understand. Thank You for helping me see that my work is for You, and that You are pleased with my willing heart. Help me to not be distracted by what others think or say about me. Help me to be obedient wherever You put me. I love You, Jesus. Let them see You when they see me.

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