Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Grace -- it’s what brought us all here. It’s the reason we are who we are, the reason we love, the reason we live. How amazing to think we were all created with purpose. How completely awe-inspiring to think that we were each called to grace.
Just the simple thought of knowing the maker of the universe created us for greatness leaves me searching for words. How could we, mortal and small, make an impact that changes the shape of the world around us? Is it just those holding a ministry job that will make a difference? Is it just the chosen few who will change the globe?
If you feel like you cannot possibly make a difference in the profession you have chosen read on to hear what the Father has to say about just this in the chapter of Corinthians: “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” God assures us that each of us has been given a unique and beautiful purpose, that we all have a wonderful gift.
Maybe you hold a ministry job and your purpose seems clear. Perhaps you are the leader of your youth group or maybe you are a Sunday school teacher who delivers the basis of a foundation grounded in faith. Or maybe you are something else entirely -- maybe you are a receptionist at a small company, a janitor for a local school or a grocery assistant who helps people feed their families. If so, you may feel as though you are living outside of the grace God created for you -- but that’s not true. You can be a light right where you are; in fact, right where you are could be the most important place you will ever be.
Martin Luther King once said “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” This is a great echoing of another Corinthians favorite “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
If you are reading this, chances are you are currently looking for a ministry job and we would love to help you with that. In the meantime, as you live right where you are, we want to encourage you to be His hands and feet. You were created for great things, and no rule book was ever created that said where you were allowed to shine. Whatever you do, wherever you are, be the change you wish to see in the world, and in doing that, you will have been a living testament to the ministry job -- a perfect masterpiece of the Master, a glimpse of His amazing grace.In what ways can you make a difference in the lives of the people around you even without being in a ministry position? How have you ministered to those in your workplace?