Thursday, February 21, 2013

Start doing small things for God 2/3


(continue from part 1) Notice Ruth looks to Boaz and not to the harvesters. Thus, when we serve, there is no need to belittle ourselves thinking we will never have revelations like this great man of God or we will never do great things for God like that great man of God. No. That's a distraction and is the wrong focus. We are to stay faithful to the Lord and keep our eyes on Him. Don't be sidetracked.

So be encouraged. It is ok to start small. Start serving the Lord in a simple capacity. Start reading the bible even if you don't understand many things at first. 

Starting small might be a challenge for those who are holding senior positions in their job. When they enter the church, sometimes they may feel a little challenged if they need to submit to a leader who holds a more humble position outside the church. But they should remain sober. But if the grace isn't there, they will struggle if they are given leadership positions in God's house based on their worldly positions. The people they lead will be affected and stifled, and they will find it very hard to step down.
For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3, WEB) 

The bible principle is always to take a low seat and let the Lord promote you to a higher seat. It is different from the world where we are taught to aim for promotion. 
He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them, "When you are invited by anyone to a marriage feast, don't sit in the best seat, since perhaps someone more honorable than you might be invited by him, and he who invited both of you would come and tell you, 'Make room for this person.' Then you would begin, with shame, to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes, he may tell you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 14:7-11, WEB) 
The biblical principle for a believer, be it at the workplace earning a living or in church serving, is always to choose a lower seat befitting ourselves. And the Lord will promote us in due time. And when that happens, you will be honored in the sight of men. You might have experienced yourself at some point in time but are unaware of the scripture reference. A believer never needs to strive to be promoted, be it at work or in church. You might be surprised. Think about it. If we had strive to obtain a promotion, how would God get the glory? Something to think about :) (continue in part 3)

Shalom.

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