It is so easy to lose sight of our purpose on this earth. It is so easy to get caught up in worldly things. Look around you and you’ll find out that you are in the world. You are right in the middle of it. Paul spoke of this battle that we each have because we are part of the world and yet we are children of God. In 1 Corinthians he said to “be strong and immovable.” It is not the easiest thing to do in this world. He continued, “Always work enthusiastically for the Lord.” This is where people can get confused.
Many people think that work for the Lord is only serving the church in some capacity; however, there is work that is done outside the church as we do life during the week. The work you do for the Lord is not only when you help out the outreach team or work in the nursery. Whatever you do, you are working for the Lord. As a servant of the Lord, a job at the local department store or hair salon or accounting firm is working for the Lord. You are still a representative of Christ, and there are still opportunities for you to shine the light.
Paul further said that “nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” Understand that a truck driver, a nurse, and a newspaper deliverer can be used by God. Everything you do has use. God can use it all for His glory and to further His Kingdom. When I look back in my life, those who have done the most in my spiritual journey were ordinary people that God used. They did not do anything grand. God took the small gestures and used them as only He can, and I can personally agree that nothing is useless.
“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58 [NLT]
At some point in life we begin to question if we are making an impact in the lives of others. We go through periods where we doubt or wonder if we are making a difference at all. The problem is that with having such a huge social media network and newspapers and television programs all over the globe, we see others that are doing such grand things and we might not be building a children’s hospital in a third world country or speaking about Jesus at a large conference in a huge stadium.
We need to be mindful of the fact that every single thing that we do for the Lord, whether it is something our human minds see as large or small, to God, it is a great thing. I do not see anywhere in the Bible where it says that God will rate what we do on the attention it gets on the 6 o’clock news or the grand nature of a project. Every single thing that God calls us to do matters to God—it’s not about the job itself but the heart of the person doing the job. Being fruitful can result from being a door holder to a housekeeper to a pastor to a truck driver who shares the Gospel along his route.
On a recent trip, I was waiting in line to use the restroom when I got in a conversation with a lady waiting in line behind me. We did not say much but we shared for a bit. The conversation lasted only a few minutes. Two hours later, we arrive at our hotel and checked into our room. As we begin unloading the car, the same lady I spoke with earlier was outside in the parking lot asking me if I was following her because both our families ended up at the same hotel hours later. I’m not sure why God had us meet up again but I’m sure He had a good reason. But I do know that she likely would not have remembered me if I would have kept facing front, not said hello, and walked out like I was never there at that gas station.
Today I challenge you to connect with people. Don’t walk through the grocery store while on your cell phone. If you are doing business with a bank teller or a cashier, smile and address them by their name. If you are taking your dog for a walk, say “hello” to those you pass. With these simple gestures, we can share Christ. Remember that God uses everything you give Him.
Don’t forget that you are part of “a chosen people.” You are special to God and if you give Him something, He will take it and use it for His glory.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9