A popular 1960’s advertising jingle for Ken-L Ration dog food went like this:
My dog’s faster than your dog,
My dog’s bigger than yours.
My dog’s better ’cause he gets Ken-L Ration,
My dog’s better than yours.
It is a shame that some Christians feel that way about the purpose the Lord has called them to do. I have a good Christian friend who is at the forefront of abortion demonstrations and exalts it above all other ministries and will make you feel guilty if you are not doing the same.
I am extremely fortunate to have a job that not only supports my family but I also treat it as a ministry. I work for a company that is the largest producer of Bibles in the world. If you open any Hotel room nightstand you will find a Bible that was produced in the plant I work at. We ship Bibles throughout the world in their native languages. We literally do our best to fill the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My job is to repair all of the machinery. When a machine breaks and I fix it, I have the pleasure of watching it start back up and produce the Word of God once again. Two of my favorite verses relating to my job are Romans 10:17 which says,”So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” And Mark 13:10 which goes on to say,”And the gospel must first be published among all nations (before Jesus returns).” I believe my job helps fulfill both of these Scriptures. But to say that my purpose is any greater than anyone else’s is wrong.
My friend told me,”It doesn’t do much good to flood the world with Bibles if people don’t read it and stop killing babies.” At first it knocked me back a bit with his statement. Then the Word of God came to me,”It’s a heart problem and only the Word of God can change hearts.”
Whatever you do, don’t stay idle. If you feel the Lord has a specific purpose for you, but the doors are not open yet, look around you for a need. Then minister to that need until the next door opens in your life. Remember ‘The Need is the Call’. Keep your spiritual eyes open and never miss what the Lord has called you to do!
I agree! Col 3: 17 sums what you said quite nicely!