Where Shall I Work Today?

Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”
John 21:17

Most of God’s children are not called to perform great deeds, neither are they chosen to labor and minister for Christ in a prominent place. For them, much of life is routine and quite ordinary.

At times, we complain about our lot in life: I’m not as gifted as that sister in Christ. My colleague has been called to a large church. Why am I never chosen to serve in positions of leadership? I am serving in such a small, unknown place.

Pastor Mead McGuire (1875-1967)must have been struggling one day about where he should serve and what he should do. He took pen to paper and wrote the following:

Father, where shall I work today?
And my love flowed warm and free.
Then He pointed out a tiny spot
And said, “Tend that for me.”

I answered quickly, “Oh no, not that!
Why, no one would ever see,
No matter how well my work was done;
Not that little place for me.”

And the word He spoke, it was not stern;
He answered me tenderly:
“Ah, little one, search that heart of thine.
Art thou working for them or for me?
Nazareth was a little place,
And so was Galilee.”

 The Scriptures are replete with individuals God used who were not seeking to be great. We have the names of some; however, many others remain anonymous—to us, but not to God.

Where has the will of God placed you? Wherever you are, whatever work you are engaged in, our sovereign Lord has called each of us to faithfully “tend” that field of labor for him and to his glory. Don’t covet another’s person’s calling and position in life. Be faithful where you are.

Taken from . . .
Renewed by the Spirit: 365 Daily Meditations
by Ralph I. Tilley
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Author: Ralph I. Tilley

I joyfully identify with the long history of the orthodox, evangelical stream of the Church. Theologically, I am a conservative. On issues of secondary importance, I will not quibble with my brothers and sisters in Christ. We are called to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” I would hope I have no doctrinal biases; however, I realize that is a practical impossibility: “Now I know in part.” You can read more on the About page.