This is part of a series called “Devotionals.”
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.” (Rom. 12:1, The Message)
This is an insight that changed everything for me years ago. After coming back from serving in Rwanda (I went with a team there to build pre-schools for poor communities with no access to education), I felt bad to not want to go back and do more ministry work there.
I was so confused – I love the Lord, the country of Rwanda and its people were incredible, it was a heavily-rewarding experience, I was blessed to do what most can’t or won’t do, and I got to travel and see more of God’s glory. I couldn’t stop raving about my teammates and the work that God made happen.
“What is wrong with me?!” I thought.
I can’t remember the exact wording, but his point was this:
God created everybody differently – from your biological make-up, to your talents, experiences, your ministry, and your ultimate calling. He loves variety. Some people are not called to make money, but called to go into the mission field and carry out God’s initiatives. And then there are others who may not be called into the mission field, but they’re great in business and have been blessed with obtaining financial resources – they can produce the income needed to fuel these life-changing missionary initiatives.
There is no one better ministry than the other. Both are necessary.
It made me think about my work at Fransmart, The Halal Guys, and consulting gigs differently. I realized that while I may work for a CEO or I may be a business owner – God is the true boss that I serve, and that the money I make can enable mission trips and other important causes that would either not happen or be delayed.
It led me to look at even my everyday tasks differently as well – like brushing my teeth, eating meals, driving to work, playing with my boys, talking with my wife, etc…that they are also an opportunity to serve Him and give Him glory. It doesn’t need to be massive, public activities to make God smile – they are all critical.
If your heart doesn’t tug you towards being a pastor, missionary, nonprofit worker, or be any other position that carries the obvious Christian banner….don’t fret and feel you aren’t doing what God wants you to do. Sometimes He wants you to be knee-deep in non-Christian environments – where God’s love is needed even more – so that you can make way bigger ripples.
Overall – Take your passions, skills, experience, and love of helping people, and using those to cause the impact that God custom-built YOU to make. Forget the labels and expectations – they only take your eyes off of your important work.