God Is In Control!

“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.”                   (2 Thessalonians 1:11, NIV)

God calls us to serve Him where we can best fulfill His purpose, where we can use the gifts and talents that He has given to us, where we can give to the society in which we live, where we can earn enough money to care for ourselves and our families, and where we can live out our lives according to our faith.

Very simply stated, God is in control of our lives. For most of us, however, life isn’t that simple. Because we are free to make our own choices, we often end up going in directions we don’t intend to go, or into jobs we don’t necessarily enjoy. Sometimes the choices other people make deny us the freedom to use our God-given gifts. When this happens, we become extremely frustrated and begin to question our calling.

Knowing that we have been “called” – that we have a vocation to serve Him where we work – presents us with a twofold challenge. We may choose to accept our calling, even if it isn’t what we would have chosen for ourselves. Or, we need to prepare for a fresh start, for a new word from the Lord, to take a risk, or to change direction. A sense that we are in the wrong place may be our calling to become more patient, but it can also be a calling to move on. Either of these challenges can help strengthen our faith. Both will help us grow in the fruit of the Spirit, perhaps with greater patience or better self-control.

Charles Wesley understood the concept of vocation back in 1749 when he wrote the hymn, Forth in Thy Name, O Lord:

“Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go,
My daily labor to pursue;
Thee, only thee, resolved to know,
In all I think, or speak, or do.

Thy task thy wisdom hath assigned,
Let me cheerfully fulfill;
In all thy works thy presence find,
And prove thy good and perfect will.

Thee may I set at my right hand,
whose eyes mine in-most substance see;
and labor on at thy command,
And offer all my works to thee.

For thee delightfully employ,
What e’er thy bounteous grace hath given;
And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with thee to heaven.”

By making the Lord and His calling our first priority, we can transform a mundane job into a true vocation and make the future a great adventure. Examine your workplace this week. Understand that God is in control, but He has given you the freedom to choose. Make the Lord your priority and your choice will never be wrong!

Enjoy your Tuesday, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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3 Comments on “God Is In Control!”

  1. Oh WOW, Great Post!! We could probably sit down for a long chat on this subject. And of course share some good coffee too!!! Take care and God Bless 🙂


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