This week’s devotion from Evening by Evening
Each one should remain in the situation which he was in
when God called him.
1 Corinthians 7:20
From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:
Some people have the foolish notion that the only way they can live for God long-term is to become a minister or a missionary. Yet if this were true, just think how many people would be shut out from any opportunity of magnifying the Most High God. Beloved Christian, remember, it is not a person’s role, position, or earnestness that enables us to glorify God — it is grace. He is far more glorified by a simple tradesman, plying his trade while singing of his Savior’s love, than He is by the highest-ranking religious leader who performs his official duties without proclaiming the Savior. And certainly the name of Jesus is just as glorified by a poor, uneducated cabdriver as he drives and blesses his God or speaks to fellow drivers as He is by a popular preacher who thunders out the gospel like “Boanerges” (Mark 3:17).
God is glorified by our serving Him, regardless of our particular vocation. So take care, dear reader, that you don’t abandon your path of duty by leaving your occupation, and take care not to dishonor your profession while you are in it. Yes, think little of yourself, but never minimize your calling to your vocation. Every trade, as long as it is legal, can be sanctified by the gospel to the noblest of ends. In the Bible we find even the most menial forms of labor tied either to people exhibiting the most daring deeds of faith or to those whose lives have been great examples of holiness.
So never be discontented with your vocational calling. Wherever God has called you to work, abide there — unless, of course, you are sure He has called you somewhere else. Let your first priority be to glorify God to the best of your ability where you are. Fully use your present sphere of responsibility and influence to bring Him praise, and if He desires you in another place, He will show you. Determine to lay aside all anxious ambition today and fully embrace His peaceful contentment.
From the pen of Jim Reimann:
Spurgeon begins by sharing the foolish idea some espouse: that to live for God they must be a minister or missionary. Yet Paul said “it was [Christ] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers” (Eph. 4:11). Notice he didn’t say, “Christ gave all” of us to serve in these ways. Perhaps this is why he strongly addressed the issue again, saying:
“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Cor. 12:21-27).