Divine Gifts

Ponder this for a second: Your occupation, at this moment, is God’s calling on your life.

This could be a depressing thought. Punching numbers into spreadsheets, answering phones or chasing children around a messy living room doesn’t feel like a calling. People with callings do heroic things like saving starving villages in Africa and preaching to arenas of listeners hungry for the truth.

Two of my favorite Bible characters are Priscilla and Aquila. You may remember from the book of Acts that they were a husband-and-wife duo who ministered greatly to the Apostle Paul and the preacher Apollos, even to the point of taking Apollos aside and instructing him in the ways of God “more accurately” (Acts 18:26). They are mentioned by Paul in several of his letters as “fellow workers in Christ Jesus” (Romans 16:3, 2 Timothy 4:19).

You almost have to laugh when you find out what they did for a living. Acts 18:2-3 says, “And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla … they were tentmakers by trade.” This amazing, godly couple was called by God to the glorious ministry of … making tents. It’s difficult to think of a profession that seems less glamorous; yet, Paul considered them co-laborers in his work. They changed the world.

In other words, if God calls you to something that seems mundane, you can be certain that He has a much bigger plan for you than just wasting the hours away. Look for it. Pray for it. Seek God in it. And be open to what He shows you.

Now consider this: Your money, all of it, is a gift to you from God.

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Most people, at this point, wonder why God doesn’t just give them a little more. Recall the character from Fiddler on the Roof, who after hearing that “money is the world’s curse” exclaims, “May the good Lord smite me with it! And may I never recover!”

The fact remains, though, that “every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17), and God gives us resources to provide for us and to give us an opportunity to serve Him. When we waste these resources, we’re being unfaithful stewards of gifts from the Almighty Creator of the Universe.

Your job and your money are divine gifts from the King of Kings. When you consider them as part of God’s plan for you, perspective shifts from you to God. And that’s right where your perspective needs to be. “You are not your own; you were bought at a price …" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

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