by Neil Anderson
1 Timothy 1:12
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service
When D.L. Moody found his life in Christ, he looked for some opportunities to teach at a church, but no one wanted to use the uneducated man. He started his own Bible study in a shoe store, and it wasn’t long before kids were coming out of the woodwork. People couldn’t help but notice him because he was bearing fruit, and few have left such an imprint as his upon the world.
Paul said, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service” (1 Timothy 1:12). Show yourself faithful by exploiting the opportunities around you. The needs of people are everywhere so what are you waiting for?
A man in my church often expressed his frustration with his job. For 20 years he’d been working as a construction worker and he hated it! Frustrated with his career, he wondered why God wouldn’t call him out of it.
I asked him if he had ever expressed dissatisfaction about his job with his fellow employees who weren’t Christians. He said, “Oh, sure. I complain right along with the rest of them.”
I continued, “What do you suppose that does to your witness?” He was a little startled by my question. I added, “Do you realize that God has you exactly where He wants you? When you assume your responsibility to be the person God wants you to be as a construction worker, He may open a new door for you.”
The Holy Spirit must have brought conviction because this man became a missionary at work. He displayed concern for the needs of his coworkers and their families and soon had a series of witnessing experiences to share. Within six months an opportunity arose and he left construction work. And all because he started to bloom where he was planted.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me see the needs of my coworkers, friends and family, and enable me to be Your ambassador to them.