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What’s Your Job?

Numbers 2:1–3:39

Man at work signAs I read today’s passages Numbers 3:24 jumped out at me.

Numbers 3:24 ESV

“This is the service of the clans of the Gershonites, in serving and bearing burdens”

God is telling Moses the responsibilities of each of the Levite clans; this clan will do this, that clan will do the other and so on.   God had a plan for each clan and, by extension, each person.  As an adopted child of the King, through salvation by Christ, we each have a role to play as well.  In the New Testament Paul uses the example of a body to demonstrate the mutually important but radically different roles brothers and sisters in Christ are to fulfill.

God put you together in a specific way for a specific purpose.  Most of us stumble through life pulling our hair out trying to grasp meaning in life.  If you are a Christian you are looking in the wrong place if you are looking outwardly.  For a Christian, the answer to the question of meaning is found within.

I’ve said before the purpose in life is to glorify God.  The obvious question is “how do you do that”?  You do that by doing that for which He created you.  “Okay, for what did He create me”, you might say.  The answer to that is in how He put you together.  How do you deal with people?  What are you good at?  What do you have a passion for?  What experiences do you have?  What skill and ability do you have?

All of this came from God to be used by you to glorify Him.  He gave you the Holy Spirit to help you put it all together but if you are busy looking to the world for answers you’re not listening to the councilor within you.  God’s purpose is to redeem as many as possible.  He put you together to achieve that purpose.  He may not have made you to stand at a pulpit pronouncing the Word of God every Sunday or to sell everything and live in a hut in Africa bringing Jesus to lost tribes.  But He did put you together to be part of the body of Christ; to serve and bear burdens in the pursuit of His purpose.

If you don’t have the joy Jesus came to give you, perhaps it is because you haven’t yet identified where He intends you to serve and bear burdens.  Some of you may be serving but serving in the wrong place.  Others of you may not be serving at all, and still others are right where God wants you to be.  Let me explain something; you can have joy while experiencing hardship.  It’s a matter of what you consider joy to be.  Christ told us we would suffer for His name’s sake.  Paul was bitten by a snake, ship wrecked, stoned, put in prison, and eventually executed; yet he spoke of joy in the service of God.

Hardship and joy; you were built for that.  Glorifying God; you were placed where you are for that.  If you are uncertain of God’s purpose for you the place to start is in prayer and His Word.  You only find something if you look.  Jesus said:

Matthew 7:7-8 ESV

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

The secret to receiving an answer is to ask with a heart that desires to serve God rather than a heart that desires to serve itself.  If you seek His purpose for you with a selfless intention you will receive the answer.  It won’t come quickly and it won’t come with a half-hearted effort but if you are faithful to seek God’s purpose for your life you will find it.  He promised.

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

(Originally posted 2/15/10)

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