A Perspective that Matters

5 Apr

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I had to answer a rather interesting question for one of my classes at Harvest Bible College – “Understanding Kingdom Ministry” to create discussion within the class. The question was – 

“Picture yourself doing some menial job (e.g. garbage collector, street sweeper). How could you bring God’s kingdom come into every aspect of that role? (remember it is not just about preaching or praise and worship)”

There’s a desire for us as humans, to want to do something that matters, something significant; to leave a legacy. That is a grand desire to have and a great foundation to build our dreams on. However, there’s a tendency to limit the dreams through our suppressed idea of what is actually significant. As Christians, salvation and transformation are significant. Leading people to Christ is what we are called to do (Matthew 28:19). The issue is, we leave that responsibility to the pastors, preachers, missionaries and leaders of the church; rather than adding to this cause through our own influence as disciples. There’s a thought that what we do – whether it’s an accountant, lawyer, barista, artist, administrator or a fast food employee, doesn’t matter because we are not in a position of leadership in the church. 

Christians can get caught in an unsatisfying trap that those positions are the only work that matters. Sure, some people are called to be in those positions – go for it! But it doesn’t stop there! Christians that work outside the church, have been placed in a position of influence in their workforce, school and/or family. As soon as we call ourselves a Christian, we are placed in a position of influence whether we like it or not. People look to you as an ambassador of Christ as soon as you claim to be a Christian, because we hold the answer.

This was my response to the question – 

People get caught up in the idea that Pastors, missionaries and leaders are the only ones who teach, preach and influence people for the Kingdom of God. In reality, everyone that steps into the moment they become saved and call themselves Christians are in a position of influence no matter who they are and what they do.

Everything a Christian does has influence to anybody they come in contact with. If I were to picture myself doing a ‘menial’ job. I would bring the aspect of imitating the image of God through love and service. Service is a key concept that Jesus preached and acted upon. 

1 Peter 4:10-11 – “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Service for the Kingdom of God and one another, in our jobs, families, church will position us for better influence as people will witness our heart for God through actions. We may have to do boring and repetitive tasks but we can do so with a servant heart and that will give us greater influence.

I personally know the worship leader who is a garbage man. That amazes me so much because you can witness his heart, passion and humility through what he does for God in church and his job. He has positioned himself to influence many people.

Every Christian that adopts “love” as their mandate, will be impacting people and doing what matters for the Kingdom of God; in their job, menial or not, because this is the greatest tool we have as an evangelist.

Those are the two aspects I would bring, a heart of love and service; to communicate that God is alive. Therefore, doing what matters in the job that I do.

What you do matters because God has placed you in your position in life. Don’t ever think your role as a disciple is insignificant because you are not on the platform preaching, or a missionary going overseas. God has placed you in your position because He knows you are best suited for His calling in your time and place.

Colossians 3:17 (ESV) – And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Joseph was never a pastor, but he influenced people through roles in Potipher’s household, in jail and at the end, the second man in charge of Egypt (under the Pharaoh).

Colossians 3:23 (NLT) – Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

David wasn’t even favorably looked upon while growing up, but he worked hard in his role of looking after the fields. He eventually etched name in history after defeating Goliath and ended up becoming one of the greatest Kings.

Titus 2:7 (ESV) – Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity

Noah was simply a faithful, obedient and righteous family man. He became chosen to build the ark and eventually saved his family from destruction and they had a second chance at living on earth (unlike everyone else!).

As Christians, everything we do is so significant. We have been positioned to influence. So let’s stop thinking that we don’t have a job or role that matters; but realize that what we do in our job is what matters. Who knows what kind of doors God may open when you adopt that heart and mindset?!

 

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