Opportunity & Opposition (2)

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31)?

We know that we live in a world where there are forces of darkness which stand in direct opposition to the children of God. Although we are in the world, we are not of the world and we are the light of the world to shine in the darkness. John exhorts us to walk in the light of God as God is light and there is no darkness in him. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). We are called to spread the light of God’s word as the Lord provides opportunities. We have all been sent to teach all nations about the salvation of Jesus Christ.

Our day to day job in the marketplace can be a ministry if we surrender it to God and allow him to use us. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men”(Colossians 3:23). I know that most of us were interviewed by a Manager or set of Managers and appointed to a job. We also report daily to a Manager or supervisor who oversees our work and sets targets for us to achieve. It can be difficult not to see our leaders in the workplace as the people who we are working for. To some extent, the work that we do does benefit our leaders. Paul’s instructions is to do the work that you do as if you are doing it for God.

If we are able to shift our mindset from performing to please a manager and a company, to pleasing God, then the possibilities are endless in terms of what we can accomplish. This perspective takes our focus off of men and places it on God. In that way, whatever our Managers do and however they behave will not stop us from doing our best. In fact if we are sure that God has appointed us to that job and a Manager is creating difficulties for us, then God will remove that Manager. If we have committed our work to God and we are working to please God, then he is our real boss.

God will not allow anyone to stand in the way of an assignment that he has provided for us. Especially when we are working to bring glory to God and are spreading his light among those who we come in contact with. When our assignment is complete in one setting, God will open a greater door and remove the adversaries. “no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).

A.P.-Y.

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