Ordained by God

“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

“Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God”
Excerpt From: “My Utmost for His Highest.” Oswald Chambers
As a missionary there are seasons that are more busy than others. Sometimes there are exhilarating moments and days of traveling, meeting new people, working long hours, solving problems, meeting needs and sharing Jesus with others. These days I “feel” like a true missionary. I “feel” like I earn my keep and am worthy of the financial support that so many sacrifice to provide for us. 
Then there are other days when life is routine: days when I wash clothes, clean house, cook meals and home school my children. It is easy on these days to allow the sinful thought to enter my mind: “You’re not doing enough, you don’t work hard enough, you’re not worthy.” But in my heart of hearts I know that the seemingly shallow aspects of my life are indeed ordained by God. I know what a privilidge it is to serve my family and teach my children. 
When we first became full-time missionaries I can remember feeling left out when teams would come and instead of going with them to do a “ministry” project, I “had” to stay home with the girls. It took me many years to realize the gift God had given me in allowing me the opportunity to stay with the girls. The girls were and are my ministry. In fact taking care of our girls was a very special God given ministry that no one else but me could do. 
Don’t be discouraged by your apparent lack of ministry. Instead look around you and ask God to open your eyes revealing to you the ministry that is right under your nose. When He does, serve Him faithfully no matter the circumstance trusting that He has ordained even the shallow aspects of our lives desiring that we live them for His glory. 

4 thoughts on “Ordained by God

  1. Lucinda says:

    As always, thought-provoking, humbling, and inspiring. I’m especially glad you brought up the topic of “feeling” — reminding us that we, as Christians, are to focus on God’s instructional and sustaining Word instead of our feelings. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

  2. Angela Emde says:

    How true–and how easy to lose sight of that at times!

    “Christ placed such a high estimate upon your children that He gave His life for them. Treat them as the purchase of His blood. Patiently and firmly train them for Him. Discipline with love and forbearance. As you do this, they will become a crown of rejoicing to you and will shine as lights in the world.” Ellen White, The Adventist Home, p 279

    What higher calling could I possibly have!?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s