1246Living Life God's Way 6/2/2005; Significance
- Jun 2, 2005+Living Life God's Way+
Our greatest fear should not be of failure,
but of succeeding at something that really doesn't matter.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of
our hands for us -
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Many of us begin our careers with the goal of achieving success. If
we haven't entered our work as a result of God's calling, we will
eventually face a chasm of deep frustration and emptiness. Success
flatters but does not provide a lasting sense of purpose and
fulfillment. So often we enter careers with wrong motives - money,
prestige, and even pressure from parents or peers. Failing to match our
work with our giftedness and calling is like trying to fit a square peg
into a round hole. If that happens over an extended period, a person
At this time, many make another mistake. Workplace believers think
that beginning a new career in "full-time Christian work" will fill the
emptiness they feel. However, this only exacerbates the problem because
they are again trying to put another square peg into a round hole. The
problem is not whether we should be in "Christian work" or "secular
work," but rather what work is inspired by gifts and calling. If there
is one phrase I wish I could remove from the English language it is
"full-time Christian work." If you are a Christian, you are in full-time
Christian work, whether you are driving nails or preaching the gospel.
The question must be, are you achieving the God-given calling for your
life? God has called people into business to fulfill His purposes just
as much as He has called people to be pastors or missionaries.
It is time for workplace believers to stop feeling like
second-class citizens for being in business. It is time for workplace
believers stop working toward financial independence so they can
concentrate on their "true spiritual calling." This is the great
deception for those called to business.
Significance comes from fulfilling the God-given purpose for which
you were made. Ask Him to confirm this in your own life.
Today God is First by Os Hillman; 9/5/2004
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