Treasured Assignments – Whatever You Do, Do All To The Glory Of God!
By Steph Nickel
Do you know what God’s calling and plans are for you? Whatever it may be, Steph Nickel reminds us to do so to the glory of God!
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What’s Your Calling?
Have you ever asked the big questions? What is my purpose? My calling? Does God have a plan for me? If so, what is that plan?
I love Ephesians 2:10. It says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (ESV).
I do believe God has specific plans and purposes for each of His children.
We are all to pray, but He calls some to spend hours each day in their prayer closet, pouring out their heart to Him while others learn to commune with Him while going about their day-to-day life.
We are all to share the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Some will do so door-to-door and on the street corner. Some will do so through the words they write. Others will go to a foreign mission field to share the gospel with those who have never heard it before.
We are all to fellowship with other believers. Some of us do so in churches with thousands of members, others in small country churches. Some of us do so freely while others must meet in secret. And while it is important to spend time in the presence of other believers, there are times, because of illness or isolation, we must do so online.
What Opportunities Has The Lord Given You?
As adults, we all have responsibilities, in our home, our workplace, our community. These responsibilities may bring us joy. We may bound out of bed every morning, eager to see what the day has in store. Or we may hear the alarm and desire nothing more than to pull the covers over our head and go back to sleep.
My hubby has a heart for ministry. He is gifted musically and loves working with children. Although we’ve explored many opportunities, the doors have never opened for full-time ministry. Instead, he has faithfully and diligently worked as a maintenance man for over 30 years for the non-profit housing corporation run by our church.
Although we are not certain why his life has unfolded as it has, he has served as part-time music director at our church and is now involved on a volunteer basis. He has also taught piano to a number of students of various ages for the past 44 years. And over the years, he has given object lessons, acted in skits, and put on puppet shows for children in our community.
For a number of years, I’ve been like one of those performers who spins plates. When a new opportunity comes along, I try to keep all the plates spinning rather than put some away to deal with at another time.
Robert Kiyosaki said we must F.O.C.U.S., an acronym for “follow one course until successful.” I haven’t learned to do that and I will probably always have a number of things going on at once. While the Lord may very well bring new opportunities into my life, I don’t have to go out in search of them. I have plenty to do any given day.
Whatever You Do, Do All To The Glory Of God!
I can ask myself some questions to determine what the Lord would have me do, what opportunities He would have me pursue, and what plates I am no longer to keep spinning. Maybe these questions will help you as well.
- Will this opportunity cut into the time I’ve set aside to spend seeking the Lord in prayer and the study of His Word?
- If I take this on, will it affect the amount of time I have to fellowship with other believers? And if it does, will it increase the number of opportunities to share the gospel with those who do not yet know the Lord?
- Will taking it on mean I have to set aside something I’m certain the Lord has called me to?
- Am I considering doing whatever it is for selfish reasons?
- Am I simply pursuing something new and shiny when I should be buckling down and devoting more time and energy to my current responsibilities?
Sometimes the Lord presents us with exhilarating new opportunities. Sometimes He calls us to be faithful to a course of action over the long haul although we can’t see the purpose or reason behind it. Sometimes we know we are fulfilling God’s call on our life and sometimes we question whether there really is one.
But no matter how clear the call, we must keep in mind 1 Corinthians 10:31, which says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (ESV).
I find this exciting and challenging. Will I go into my day, committing it to Him and seeking to do everything I do for His honour and glory? Will you?
Steph Beth Nickel is a freelance writer and editor. She is the coauthor of Paralympian Deb Willows’ award-winning memoir, Living Beyond My Circumstances, published by Castle Quay Books.
Steph is a member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and The Word Guild. She and her husband of over 30 years live in Southwestern Ontario, Canada.
Steph’s goal is to nurture and inspire. She blogs at Steph Nickel’s Eclectic Interests. She also guest posts regularly on the topics of Christian living, writing, and fitness. You can visit her website, stephbethnickel.com, to learn more about her.
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