More Than a Job
Clock Me Out!
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:7-13
Key Verses: Exodus 4:18-19
Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me go back to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”
Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who wanted to kill you are dead.”
One of the biggest differences between a job and a ministry is “quitting time!” A job has one … ministry doesn’t! A job is about giving a “slice of ourselves” to it and seeing what we can accomplish in the allotted amount of time. Ministry is about our lifestyle, where we give ourselves, not just a “slice of allotted time!”
When the apostle Paul pleaded with believers to “present ourselves as a living sacrifice,” it identified this enormous difference between a job and a ministry. When asked to do a “job,” we usually ask about the length of commitment and the amount of time involved. When we find our “calling,” we seldom ask those questions! Of course, we will all need breaks and vacation time off, but, even then, we are usually thinking and imagining future plans for our ministry! If you’re thinking that ministry sounds “all consuming,” you are right! But before you let that turn you off, think about people around you … look at things that “consume” them. If you’re honest, you’ll see that people in our world will get consumed with far less important issues than God’s eternal Kingdom! So … go ahead – investigate that “nudge” of God. Find that calling upon your life! Believe me, you’ll fall in love with it – you’ll long to grow with it, and gladly give your life to “your” ministry!
Jesus, in one of His parables concerning His second coming, asked a piercing question: Will He find us faithful!? I hope you will not procrastinate in finding and doing God’s calling on your life!
Father, put passion in my soul for your work! Please consume me with the excitement and the challenge of building your Kingdom, I ask this in Jesus’ Name, amen.