A friend in Bible study recently said she desperately wanted to know her calling. She looked around our group, “God made you a Bible teacher,” she said to me. She pointed to the friend next to her and said, “God made you good at many things. I don’t do anything. What does God want me to do?”
It’s easy to compare ourselves with others and come up short. Every Christ follower is called to represent Him in our sphere of influence (2 Cor. 5:21). The response of the group showed that what was hidden from our friend was obvious to the rest of us. Christ’s mercy and love virtually flow from our compassionate sister. She hadn’t seen that loving others in tangible ways was part of her calling.
Since humankind’s fall in the Garden of Eden, we’ve all struggled to find a sense of significance. We want to know our lives matter. We think our success in life is connected to being outstanding in a particular area. Well, it is. But the trait Jesus highlights may surprise you.
Being faithful tops being sensational.
When Jesus illustrated what He hopes to find at His return He didn’t spotlight an esteemed synagogue teacher or a powerful political leader. He described someone involved in the repetitive work of feeding a household. He described faithfulness.The faithful servant Jesus described sounds like a mother! Click To Tweet
“A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns” (Matthew 24:45-47 NLT).
What could be more ordinary than managing a household and overseeing meals?Being faithful in ordinary roles is extraordinary to Jesus! Click To Tweet
What unique role do you play in your circle of influence? Are you someone’s spouse, parent, friend, or child? No one else can replace you in those roles. Being faithful in these unique areas pleases Jesus and fulfills your purpose.
Faithfulness pleases God and brings us joy.
Jesus emphasized the importance of faithfulness in the parable of the talents In this story, an owner distributed talents to three servants according to their abilities. Two immediately put their talents to work. The third buried his. The master rewarded the two who employed their talents. He punished the lazy servant who buried his.
“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt. 25:22).
The servants who faithfully invested their gifts not only earned their master’s praise, but they received the ability to enter into his joy!The world will always applaud talent and achievements. God will always applaud faithfulness. Click To Tweet
Since God distributes talents as He chooses, gifting doesn’t impress Him.
Many people deal with repetitive tasks in their work and roles. With Mother’s Day approaching let’s apply this to mothers of young children. Our culture minimizes the importance raising children. How can picking up toys and cleaning up messes matter in the scheme of life?
That is part of nurturing our children, and that matters greatly to God. When God wanted to change history He often chose a baby and a godly mom. Think of Samuel and Hannah, Moses and Jochebed, and Jesus and Mary.When God wanted to change history He often chose a baby and a godly mom. #motherhood #mothersday Click To Tweet
Our schools reel with turmoil as children, who’ve been left to fend for themselves, act out their frustration in their classrooms. What you do matters not only now but for eternity. Now that’s significant!
God’s called each of us to be faithful and bloom where we’re planted with the abilities He’s provided. He sees our hidden acts of obedience and will reward our faithfulness. Your life matters in His story.
What assignments from God have you minimized because they looked so ordinary?
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Online Bible Study
Ladies, I’d love to have you join me for an online Bible study this summer on Give Yourself a Break. We’ll start either Thurs. June 8th or Wed. June 14th. To reserve a spot or if you have questions, please let me know in the comments or contact me. Also, please mention if one evening works better for you than another. The study runs 10 weeks.
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