Social circles. Economic status. Ethnicity/race. Blue collar vs. white collar. We all come from different backgrounds. Some of these things never change while others can change throughout the various seasons of life. The mistake we often make, though, is not seizing the opportunity to make the name of Jesus famous in the world in which we find ourselves, whatever the circumstances may be.
Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches. (v.17)
Intersting verse? I think so. It really hits at the heart of what I tell our college students ad nauseam: GROW WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED. God has uniquely given us our backgrounds. He knows our current circumstances. Could it be that he has you exactly where you are for a reason? What I appreciate most about this verse is how it subtly takes the sledgehammer to our lust for greener grass. I’ve heard it said, “The grass is greener where you water it.” In a lot of ways this is true. I see far too often that people are so convinced of a future season of life that they end up making no tangible gospel impact in the moment. Don’t be one of those people.
If you are currently in school, your future job isn’t the only chance to do something great for God. Tell a classmate about Jesus. That is something great for God.
If you are currently in a job you can’t wait to leave, work hard and do things with excellence. Show your boss and coworkers that the people of Jesus have a high standard and strong ethic. That is something great for God.
If you are a stay-at-home mom, longing to be back in your career, feeling like you can’t catch your breath, wishing for your kids to finally get to self-sufficiency, please press pause. Remind yourself that this is a season, and you’ll miss it when it is over. Invest deeply in your kids. Teach them the Bible. Live God’s truth in front of them. That is something great for God.
I know there is a lot in today’s passage (much we didn’t get to). Embrace your God-given potential and make the most of the time you have on this planet.
By: Todd Thomas