On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised. For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. Galatians 2:7-8 (NIV).
Have you considered that what you’re doing may be tough because God selected this task especially for you? I’ll admit: I sometimes get weary of my work. My job isn’t physically difficult. I’m a business consultant. I show people how to use health information software to process health insurance customer information. It isn’t physically taxing, but it is intellectually challenging and emotionally wearying. It’s work that couldn’t have been done the way it’s being done when I entered the workforce nearly 40 years ago. Why, just last week I was on a conference call, teaching users in India how to perform a task while I was in my home office in Texas. Also on the call were subject experts in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and just south of Anchorage, Alaska. Thanks be to God that we live in such an extraordinary time.
At the end of the meetings, and often at the end of a day, I feel drained. But I also know that God put me where I am for a reason. Whatever my talents are, in this job and in other things I do, they’re being useful to Jesus in doing the things He sets before me every day. Many people can do the things I do, but none of them can do it exactly like me. I’m unique, special, and valued. God has me on a mission to live my life for him among both ‘the circumcised and the uncircumcised.” I’m not just talking about Jews and Gentiles. No, God has me working in a Gentile world with both His chosen people and so many others on whom He’s also set His wonderful eye.
Don’t walk away thinking, “well Dave sure has a fat head today.” You’re those things too; you’re unique, special, and valued. It’s not because either of us are so wonderful: it’s because Jesus thinks of us this way and gave us knowledge, interests, and abilities that He wants for us to use. We are Paul, and Peter, and ourselves. In almost everything we do, Jesus’s purpose involves selflessness in serving His higher cause. That means we get to serve others. And because He promises to be with us in all we do, we get to channel His energy when things get tough.
For further reading: Acts 1:25, Acts 9:15, 1 Corinthians 1:1, 1 Thessalonians 2:4, 1 Timothy 1:11, Galatians 2:9
My Lord, thank You for my mission today. Thank You for doing it with me. Thank You for another new day to use what You give me for Your better purpose.
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