Today's Devotional from Grace in the Workplace
Friday, November 30 2018
Verse of the Day
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” … Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. [Matthew 8:5-9, 13 – NKJV]
Faith, reliability, trust, and authority are all intertwined. When I was a teenager my friends and I dreamed about our first cars. Our dreams were big and the list was short: a Jaguar XK-E, a Corvette or a GTO. We would be satisfied with nothing else. That is until we got our 10-year-old Plymouth. The thing about clunkers is that they aren’t reliable. Every time you put the key in the ignition something new is bound to happen—you just never know what. Trust was not part of the ownership experience. Speaking of reliability and trust, how about Old Faithful? Aptly named? You bet! It erupts every 91 minutes. One last point: if you sign a contract with a big company you’d better make sure that the person you’re dealing with is an officer who has the authority to act on its behalf.
When we put our faith in others all too often we are let down, disappointed, or deceived. Our fellow travelers are not always reliable and trustworthy. On the other hand, the reason we put our faith in God is because we know without a shadow of a doubt that He is 100-percent reliable, predictable, and trustworthy. But, does the same hold true for His Son, Jesus? Read on.
Today’s passage is one of the greatest acts of faith in the New Testament. It reveals a man, a Roman Centurion, with great insight into who Jesus really was/is. The Centurion approached Jesus and asked Him to heal his beloved servant. When Jesus offered to come to his home, the Centurion declined because he was not worthy, but went on to demonstrate a true understanding of Jesus and his absolute faith in Him. He understood that Jesus was the Son of God and, as God’s Son, had the authority on earth to perform miracles. So Jesus replied, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.”
Do you acknowledge Jesus’ authority in your life? Do you have faith in Him? Seek Him today. As your Savior, He wants to have a loving relationship with you.
Thursday, November 29 2018
Verse of the Day
The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. [Revelation 21:23– NKJV]
In John 8:12, Jesus tells us that “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” His light shines on our lives helping us see ourselves as we are—sinful creatures in need of His saving grace. He lights our path as we walk with Him, keeping us safe from harm. Likewise, Jesus calls us to be the “light of the world,” sharing the Good News with those around us (see Mathew 5:14). Perhaps the Prophet Isaiah says it best: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (see Isaiah 9:2).
In today’s passage we learn that not only is Jesus the light of the world in a figurative sense, He is also quite literally the light of the world when we arrive in the New Jerusalem where there will be “no need [for] the sun or the moon [because] the Lamb is its light.” This is certainly fitting because before the sun was created on the fourth day in Genesis 1, Jesus provided the light for the newly created earth on the first day (see Genesis 1:3 and John 1:1-5).
Shine Jesus, shine!
Wednesday, November 28 2018
Verse of the Day
“…when you are invited [to a wedding banquet], take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
[Luke 14:10-11 – NIV]
I don’t go to all that many parties, but I am reasonably well-informed about appropriate party behavior and etiquette. It’s one thing to be the life of the party, which can be kind of fun if you’re the right person for the task. After all, you could end up entertaining a few folks and providing a few laughs and priceless moments. But, it’s an altogether different thing for you to get all puffed up, self-righteous, and full of yourself by assuming that you are one of the most important guests. By adopting this kind of attitude you are doomed for disappointment, embarrassment, and humiliation.
In today’s passage, Jesus is suggesting the proper attitude for a partygoer, aka a Believer. Adopt an attitude of humility. If you choose the lowest place at the banquet table instead of the highest, then it is possible that the host may choose to move you to a more prominent position. Please note the analogy between the wedding banquet and the Kingdom of Heaven. If we want to be exalted in God’s eyes we need to adopt an attitude of humility. As Jesus says, “…all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Tuesday, November 27 2018
Verse of the Day
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. [Proverbs 16:9 – NKJV]
We humans like to labor under the delusion that God is up there in Heaven somewhere and that here on earth we can go about our lives pretty much as our hearts desire. We acknowledge that He is in control, but then we tell ourselves that in reality we make our own plans and decisions. We think we have “free will.” Well, think again! Today’s passage tells us that God is in charge. Please don’t get too worked up about this—God is not a puppet master, but He does direct our lives in accordance with His Plan. There are several ways to look at this. Some might find this a scary concept. We like to feel like we are living our own lives and that when it comes to the mundane, day-to-day matters or even the big decisions we face, we are the boss. On the other hand, having a loving God who “directs your steps” is a very comforting thought. He’s not an absentee landlord hanging out in Heaven, but a “hands-on” God who is part of our lives in a very intimate and personal way.
Monday, November 26 2018
Verse of the Day
They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. [Psalm 24:5 – NIV]
Wow! It didn’t take long for Thanksgiving to be over this year; in fact, it was over long before midnight. Many of our favorite brick and mortar stores opened early for their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving evening while many of you were still spending “family time” together. Yes, there were “door busters” galore with big-screen TVs for rock-bottom prices and the newest Play Station cut to pennies on the dollar. What’s the point of all this mayhem?
It seems like Thanksgiving is an afterthought nowadays; kind of the “forgotten holiday.” It’s really getting squeezed by our secular, commercial society and, tragically, seems to have lost its meaning and purpose. It’s up to us to fight for this day of thanks. God has truly blessed us and this is a day to reflect on what He has done for us, individually and collectively. We should give Him thanks for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon us. Also, as today’s verse points out, this is a great day to give thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for what He did for us on the cross. Thank you, Jesus!
Wednesday, November 21 2018
Verse of the Day
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. [Psalm 100 – NKJV]
Traditionally, Thanksgiving has marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. My favorite Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street, opens with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Kris Kringle taking over for a “spurious” Santa who has had more than his fill of Christmas “spirit.” Of course, that was decades ago and today, Christmas decorations seem to pop up immediately after Halloween. In recent years, Christmas, at least the secular, commercialized variant, seems to have overshadowed Thanksgiving.
Sure, we gather together, but more often than not it’s at the dinner table as we get ready for the turkey or in front of the flat screen as we watch the big game. Thanksgiving is more and more a forgotten day. It’s a holiday that has lost its meaning and purpose. Through no fault of its own mind you, but then holidays need us, the celebrants, to keep them alive. We give them purpose by observing them in the way they are meant to be celebrated.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather together to reflect on and give thanks for the many blessings that God has provided. Regardless of whether you and your family are doing just fine (thank you very much) or are suffering with a job loss, health concerns, or other needs, we all have something to be thankful for. Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards. We owe everything to Him. And I’m not just talking about the stuff, but our health, our talents and abilities, our families and our friends, our jobs, our beloved country, and on and on. So, this Thanksgiving, take time to pray a prayer of thanks (both individually and collectively) to the Lord your God for His bountiful provision. As the Psalmist says, “Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” Amen and amen!
Tuesday, November 20 2018
Verse of the Day
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. [1 Timothy 1:15 – KJV]
My childhood memories of church are somewhat fuzzy, but for some reason I have a vivid recollection of today’s Scripture passage. The minister would recite it during the celebration of Holy Communion, omitting the phrase “of whom I am chief” to avoid confusion among the participants. However, it is this somewhat cryptic phrase that is the subject of today’s devotional.
Why does the Apostle Paul, a great man of God and faithful servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, believe that he is “chief” among sinners? After all, he was responsible for spreading the Good News to the Gentiles. How can he be the worst of the worst? Perhaps it has to do with his prior life as Saul, blaspheming God and persecuting Christians. But I believe that there is something deeper here. I’d like to submit that all Christians should feel this way about themselves; I know I do. We are all “sinners in chief.”
Once God fully and completely reveals our sins to us, the inevitable result is the realization that we are the lowest of the low. We feel a profound sense of guilt and shame because of the pain and suffering Jesus endured for us on the Cross. He was wounded by my transgressions and yours. The full realization of our sinfulness can cause guilt and remorse, but we are not to wallow in a state of self-pity and depression.
What’s past is past; we need to move forward and run the race with our eyes focused on the Prize. After all, we are new creations in Christ Jesus. God’s grace is amazing.
Monday, November 19 2018
Verse of the Day
“The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding [the walls of Jerusalem]…” [Nehemiah 2:20 – NIV]
Planning is a big part of our lives at work. There is always some sort of project going on that manages to keep us busy and stressed out, both at the same time! Whether it’s a merger, a major software revision, designing and building a new factory, or any one of the myriad of other things that happen in corporate America, we somehow tend to find ourselves involved and up to our elbows. The great thing about major projects is that they invariably demand a team approach. You just can’t get stuff done nowadays without other people. And to be an effective team member you have to be able to get along with everyone. In business vernacular, you have to able to “play well with others.”
In today’s passage, Nehemiah, perhaps one of the greatest “businessmen” in the Bible, states with conviction that the walls of Jerusalem will be rebuilt thanks to the Lord. After the Israelites returned from exile, they found the walls in disrepair; almost in ruins. Nehemiah was a planner, an organizer, and a motivator. Just like any project leader in today’s workplace, he knew that he would have to create teams to get this herculean task done. So, he organized the people into teams and each rebuilt a section of the wall. The task was completed in record time despite considerable opposition. Much credit goes to the leadership of Nehemiah, but God deserves the glory because He gave them success.
Our modern-day project leaders can learn a great deal from Nehemiah about organizing a project and creating teams to get the job done. Also, those of us who are team members can see the value in our individual contributions by reading this story. So, if you want to learn more about how to manage and work on a project, read God’s Word. You’ll be glad you did!
Friday, November 16 2018
Verse of the Day
When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom. [Proverbs 11:2 – NASB]
I’ve got the talent to be a pretty good golfer, but to be brutally honest (with you and myself), I’m not. In fact, I’m just plain bad. I play once or twice a year with my good bud, Lewie Bock, and spend most of the time “in the woods.” Thanks to a wicked slice, my tee shots rarely see the fairway. The ball heads into the trees in a hurry. Invariably the search for my wayward ball always starts 10 to 20 yards further down the path than its actual trajectory would warrant.
Why in the world is that? Well, it’s pride, of course. Even with respect to our failures and shortcomings we humans still imagine that we perform better than we have in actuality. Ironically, our pride isn’t limited to our accomplishments, but extends to our weaknesses as well. Amazing, isn’t it?
As today’s passage points out, there is nothing but dishonor in pride. It’s sinful behavior and that’s a fact. So eliminate pride from all aspects of your life no matter where it might be lurking. This is best accomplished by adopting an attitude of total humility. A wise person is a humble person.
Thursday, November 15 2018
Verse of the Day
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” [Ecclesiastes 1:2 – NIV]
You know if you think about it, life is pretty meaningless. It’s futile, pointless and there is absolutely nothing satisfying about it. Of course, what King Solomon is really saying (and me too!) is that life without the presence of God is meaningless and futile. If God is in your life, you have purpose; you have direction. Your life has meaning only if God is part of it!
Think about it. Most people pursue wealth, a never-ending stream of possessions, fame, power, and on and on. Why? Because they are not satisfied with their lives and they are deluded into thinking that these things will bring them “happiness” and “fulfillment.” Life for them is an endless search for meaning and without God it ends tragically, unfulfilled, and, as Solomon says, meaningless. Money, houses, fast cars, television, fantasy, sex, travel, sports, food, alcohol – each of these things is a drug, a distraction from the real meaning of life. Escapism isn’t the answer; only a relationship with Jesus, our Lord and Savior, brings true happiness, true fulfillment. Only in Jesus do we find meaning in life!
Wednesday, November 14 2018
Verse of the Day
Then [Stephen] knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. [Acts 7:60 – NKJV]
Stephen was appointed as one of the first deacons of the early church. He was described as one who was “full of faith and the Holy Spirit”—so much so, in fact, that he performed great wonders and signs among the people (see Acts 6:8). But as so often happens, many people in the church were jealous of him and falsely accused him of blasphemy. He was taken before the high priest and when asked about the charge against him, Stephen responded with an impassioned speech about the Israelites resisting the Holy Spirit both in the past as well as in the current day. The crowd was so incensed that they stoned Stephan to death.
As today’s passage vividly points out, what is so remarkable about Stephen is that even as he was being martyred, he cared not for himself but for the members of the angry mob who were taking his life. He implored God to “not charge them with this sin.”
Do we care about other people in the same way that Stephen did? Would we do what he did? What level of mercy and compassion do we have? Are we merely paying lip service to loving others as we love ourselves? I for one need to pray to be more like Stephen. How about you?
Tuesday, November 13 2018
Verse of the Day
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. [Philippians 4:11 – NIV]
Far too often we find ourselves living on an emotional rollercoaster. Frank Sinatra said it best: “Riding high in April, shot down in May.” And it’s not just our love life; we frequently face disappointment in every aspect of our lives—family, work, school, church, friends. Don’t get me wrong; emotions aren’t inherently bad. In fact, God has emotions, e.g., love, anger, jealousy, a sense of humor, compassion. It’s just that God’s emotions are perfect, controlled, just, and true, whereas our emotions stem from our self-centered, prideful nature and are often sinful. We strive for happiness when it’s really joy and inner peace that bring contentment.
In today’s passage, the Apostle Paul shares the key to overcoming the doldrums, “be content whatever the circumstances.” On the surface this sounds like something that we can work toward, but just imagine that you’ve lost your job, your wife wants a divorce, or you’ve been diagnosed with colon cancer. How will you react? Is contentment really something that we can experience in the here and now? The answer is yes!
Paul didn’t just pick himself up from the road to Damascus, brush himself off, and live a Christlike life. Philippians 4:11 tells us that he “learned to be content” (emphasis added). So Paul went through a maturation process just like us. As our lives shift from being self-centered to being Christ focused, we move closer and closer to realizing the many blessings that Paul and others tell us are possible. Content no matter the circumstances. You bet. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Monday, November 12 2018
Verse of the Day
Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” [Daniel 3:24-25 – NKJV]
I’ll bet when you were growing up your Sunday School teacher taught you all kinds of Bible stories—David and Goliath, God parting the Red Sea, Daniel in the Lion’s Den and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were fun and entertaining for 5- and 6-year-olds just like other fairytales that our parents read to us, such as Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, and Cinderella. But as we grew up we were told that all of these stories were myths created by people seeking to explain their existence without the benefit of modern science.
So what gives? All of a sudden later in life we become Believers, and all of that great worldly knowledge about the myths of the past is again questioned; this time, not by scientists and other heroes of secular society, but by God’s Word. Why? Because if we believe God’s Word, all of the Bible stories we learned in Sunday School are true. And not only are they true, but they are far more profound, far more meaningful, and far more interesting than we could have imagined as children.
King Nebuchadnezzar’s lieutenants decided to create golden idols of his likeness for all the people of Babylon to worship and pay tribute to. As Israelites, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship the idols, which eventually resulted in Nebuchadnezzar commanding that they be cast into a fiery furnace (which incidentally had been heated to seven times its normal temperature). After they were cast into the furnace, the King is shocked and amazed when another person appears with them in the midst of the fiery inferno—a fourth person whom he identifies as the “Son of God.” Yes, Jesus, our Savior was in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, protecting and saving them from the intense heat. They emerged totally unscathed without a burn on their bodies; in fact, even their clothing was completely intact. Wow, Jesus saved them and He has saved us too!
So, maybe “Trix are for Kids,” but the stories of the Bible are for kids, young people, adults, and everyone else who believes in God.
Friday, November 09 2018
Verse of the Day
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. [Proverbs 3:11-12 – NIV]
Most of us don’t like being told that we are wrong, that we’ve made mistakes, and we especially don’t like someone else telling us what we should have done instead. We all have a little bit of an issue with authority. We think we know what’s right for us and when a parent, teacher, boss, doctor, policeman, or judge suggests otherwise we get all bent out of shape. Discipline, regardless how well-intended, is rarely well received.
When you think about it, most of the authority figures in our lives only have our best interests at heart. So, how do you react when God disciplines you? Do you resist and resent His efforts to help you with your journey or do you welcome His nudges and jolts towards a more Christ-like life?
As King Solomon points out in today’s passage, “the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” What don’t we understand about God and His desire for us to be His children? We need discipline because all too often we fall short. As the author of Hebrews points out in Hebrews 12, discipline is like the training that an athlete goes through as he or she prepares for a race. By disciplining us, God is getting us ready to “run the race.” And as you run, always remember to keep your eyes on the Prize!
Thursday, November 08 2018
Verse of the Day
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” [John 13:34-35 – NIV]
Well, The Beatles got it right didn’t they? What a wonderful world this would be…oh, I’m sorry, there I go again lapsing into more song lyrics from the 1960s. But, you get the picture. Jesus gave us a command. This isn’t just some sort of “I’ll do it if and when I feel like it” sort of thing. God’s commandments are to be obeyed. Hold on. What’s so tough about this love thing anyway? I love all sorts of folks. I love my spouse (well, most of the time), and I really love my children (but they are annoying sometimes), I love my friends (when they are doing what I want them to do), and I love my boss and coworkers (when they leave me alone). These are examples of the kind of love that The Beatles were singing about, but Jesus expects much, much more. He expects us to express and experience agape love, the kind of love where we love one another unconditionally.
The way Believers treat each other at work can definitely minister to others. If we treat each other with love and respect as Jesus commands, we identify ourselves as Christians. Nonbelievers see us and know that we are Jesus’ disciples. What better way is there to spread God’s Word in the workplace? Of course, our love for others doesn’t stop with fellow Believers. We should love the nonbelievers at work too (and not just those that we happen to like). And Jesus also calls us to love our enemies! (Matthew 5:44). So, let’s put these commands into practice. Learn to love others as you work with them day in and day out. It may not be an easy thing, but when you think about how much Jesus loved each of us as He was nailed to the cross, it is the right thing.
Wednesday, November 07 2018
Verse of the Day
[Hezekiah] brought in the priests and the Levites, assembled them in the square on the east side and said: “Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the Lord, the God of your ancestors. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary. [2 Chronicles 29:4-5 – NIV]
After Israel split into two kingdoms, there were never any “good” kings in the northern kingdom (Israel) and only a handful in the southern kingdom (Judah). By good, I mean a king who walked in the ways of the Lord. Hezekiah was one of the few good kings of Judah. In today’s passage we see Hezekiah restoring temple worship, something that the Israelites had abandoned long ago. He started by commanding the Levites to consecrate themselves and the temple and to remove all defilement from the sanctuary itself. Well, this is an interesting bit of information as we learn more and more about God’s chosen people, but is it relevant in our lives today? You bet it is!
After Pentecost and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, our bodies became tabernacles or sanctuaries. We have God living in us. So it is incumbent upon us to keep our “tabernacles” holy. Just like the temple in Hezekiah’s day, we have to remove all defilement from our bodies to ensure that they are suitable dwelling places for the Lord. So, clean yourself up and make sure that you are an appropriate sanctuary for the Lord your God!
Tuesday, November 06 2018
Verse of the Day
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. [James 1:5-6 – NIV 1984]
Wisdom is one of the keys to our spiritual walk. A wise person is someone who fears God; who walks in His ways. Clearly, as Believers we need to seek God’s wisdom and fortunately there are several sources where it can be found. First and foremost is in His Word. Most people would pick Proverbs and Ecclesiastes as the best source for advice on wisdom, and why not? King Solomon was, after all, the wisest man who ever lived. But, don’t let your search for wisdom stop with a quick read of these two books.
The Bible is chock-full of good advice and much of it is found in the New Testament (especially in the “red letter” passages!). As today’s passage points out, there is a second source of wisdom available to us and it comes from our Wise Counselor, the Holy Spirit. But as with faith, do not doubt when you ask God. Only when you ask, do so with an expectation of certainly and you will receive.
Monday, November 05 2018
Verse of the Day
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. [Matthew 11:28-30 – NKJV]
Do you find your work difficult and demanding? Our work isn’t supposed to be easy. After the Fall from Grace, God caused work to be a real burden for us. He cursed the land and even after we moved from farms into factories and offices, our work is still a chore. We toil away; nothing comes easy for us at work. There is always something that seems to keep us from completing our tasks in an effortless way.
If you work hard and feel like you are at the end of your rope, then take comfort in today’s passage. Jesus is offering to help us cope with our work. In fact, once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and start to learn His ways, He promises that we will receive rest for our souls. Trust and obey Him in all you do. Jesus’ yoke is not lighter because He demands less, but because He bears more of the load. As your walk with Him evolves and your relationship with Him matures, you will find that your time at work will become easier. Jesus is beside you sharing the load!
Friday, November 02 2018
Verse of the Day
And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way. [Acts 19:23 – NKJV]
At first blush, today’s passage may seem somewhat cryptic, but not really. What is with the reference to the “Way” and what in the world is it? Well, the explanation is simple. The Way was the name given to the original church. Makes sense doesn’t it? Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life.” It’s His way or the highway. What more need be said?
Thursday, November 01 2018
Verse of the Day
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” [Isaiah 6:8 – NIV]
Volunteering is a good thing. Many of us contribute our time and talents to many worthy causes. If you are a volunteer for a group or organization you are probably familiar with the “80-20 rule.” That is, 20 percent of the members do the work and the other 80 percent belong. Actually, there is nothing really wrong with this. It is just the way things are meant to be. Some people lead and the others follow. If you are a member of the 20-percent crowd, how would you like it if the other 80 percent were involved in leadership? Just imagine meeting with several hundred people each with their own agenda instead of a cozy group of 10? And if you are a member of the 80-percent group there is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Belonging is sufficient in and of itself.
But being called by God is different. For example, I know that I have been called by God to share His Word in the workplace. But this is not about me, it’s about you. Have you heard His “still, small voice?” Is He calling you? Is there something that He wants you to do for Him? Are you going to step up to the plate like Isaiah did? You can make a difference for Him. Just answer His call and make a difference in His Kingdom!