In my last post I pointed out that it was the Apostle Paul’s mission to serve Christ by preaching the revealed word of God to others:
This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. (I Corinthians 4:1 NIV)
Along with this mission comes a great responsibility:
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. (I Corinthians 4:2).
When God gives us a mission to do we have to follow through with it and serve God by committing our time and our resources to it. We do not get to chose our own mission. It is something that God chooses for us, just as He chose the Apostle’s Paul’s mission for him:
But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” (Acts 9:15-16).
The Apostle Paul’s mission, which God chose for him, was indeed a mission of great honor: Paul was God’s “chosen instrument” in preaching God’s “name to the Gentiles and their kings, and to the people of Israel.” But along with this mission came much drudgery, hard work, and even pain. God had planned to “show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Just as Paul did not get to choose his mission, so likewise we do not get to choose the role that God has planned for us in life. Rather, we need to faithfully serve God in the role that He gives us. Our role could be to be a teacher, a truck driver, a single parent, or even an inmate. We need to serve God faithfully where He has put us, bringing glory to God in everything we do.