When ministry becomes more important…avoiding the sin of church work.

Romans 8:30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Predestined > Called > Justified > Glorified
Predestined: We are predestined children of God. Everyday in every circumstance we can rest in being knit together by Him in our mother’s womb. We can remember that we are precious children of a loving Father. We remember that we are baptized children of God, this is our identity and no person, no hassle, no life challenge can change this. Rest in this, “I am a child of God.”
Called: Few people understand the value of calling more than church workers and their families. We place a very high value on the calls of our life. So perhaps we can understand the richness of the call on the life of every believer so much more. Our call to be His child, to follow Him in complete freedom, to receive as a free gift the indwelling of our Lord and Savior- this is a thing worth far more than anything else in life.
Because we are called, as believers, we are justified, we are glorified. Problems come in though, when as church workers, we confuse our call (serving as pastor, deaconess, DCE, etc.) with this Call. The argument could be made that they are all wrapped up and bound together so tightly, by God himself, making it impossible to see them as different things. So, let’s reflect on something tangible that happens when we elevate our call and place it with our Call.
It is easy for our calls to become our life. The work that is done for the kingdom in our churches and in our communities is so important, so valuable, that we can easily elevate it above our families, above our wives and our children, above our relationships and people that God has entrusted to us. And the results are heartbreaking. The kingdom work of our home is simply as valuable, if not more valuable than the kingdom work of our churches. In our homes we pass on Christ to the next generation. In our homes we create a model of Christ’s love and care for His bride. When we neglect our homes, we become just like everyone else. People miss in us that we are different- predestined, called, justified, and glorified. We stand out, our baptismal identity stands out and witnesses to the Savior, when we minister to those closest to us and treasure our vocation as husband, wife, father, mother, daughter, son.

Confess to Christ the areas in your life where you have confused or neglected your calling, rest in His complete forgiveness and grace. No matter our work, He is faithful. We are predestined, called, justified, and glorified through Him.

Enjoying the vocation of mama 🙂

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