christian quotes, quotes
September 21, 2016 at 15:31
HUH? What’cha smoking Wally? ha ha
September 21, 2016 at 15:33
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September 21, 2016 at 15:59
Um…isn’t the things of life what I’m supposed to be doing…?
September 21, 2016 at 16:05
I would say so.
September 21, 2016 at 18:05
Wally, I’m just now realizing, that if I work to pay my bills, to be able to live, causing bills to keep coming, so I go to work to pay those bills again and again, I have spent almost all of my day for me and my bills. So then I realize, hey I’m supposed to be helping people and telling people about who Jesus is and what He did for them as much as I can. So I squeeze that into my schedule. Yes, I’m doing all the things I’m supposed to. But does that seem backwards to anyone else besides me? Also, in that scenario, how much am I depending on God to provide for me? I understand about He gives us the skill and health to do the work. True. But what if I worked 9 hours a day for God instead of for me and my boss? Just saying.
September 21, 2016 at 18:16
That’s an interesting thing you have said. I am glad you chimed in with it, as I sort of went intentionally vague on this just to see what folks might have to say.
I think the important thing is that we really strive for doing what God has planned for us. For some folks that may very well just living a normal life and sharing what they know with those they encounter in that very normal life.
September 21, 2016 at 18:21
When you work for your boss for 9 hours a day, you ARE serving God. Whatever you do, your service is rendered into the Lord. Your employer, your co-workers, your customers and vendors and service providers – these are your neighbour. Serve your neighbour faithfully. Give him what he needs, whether that be a kind word, a hand with his work or the peace of God.
Serve your neighbour in his need and you are serving God.
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September 21, 2016 at 18:29
So…if we simply live every moment that we live mindful that it is for Him, then we are doing what He wants.
September 21, 2016 at 18:38
On the other hand, there are some who have been given some “special” call, to do more than just live their normal life working for the glory of God…and just ignore it in favor of the things they think they want for themselves. Some who are called to preach, or be missionaries, or teachers….and so on it goes.
September 21, 2016 at 18:47
Absolutely. We all have our God-given vocations, but we are all His servants.
There is a Godly way to ‘serve’ as a hired worker, but isn’t that simply being Godly/right behavior, ON the job? If it is 9 hours to produce money (the fruit) to pay bills, is it 9 hours simultaneously serving God?
September 21, 2016 at 18:51
Both are serving God because both are serving neighbour.
Responsibly supporting oneself so as not to be a burden upon neighbour IS serving neighbour, and thereby we serve our God.
September 21, 2016 at 18:55
My point really is 1. that I’m just realizing 2. that this world system is faulty and I think it works against a Christian being able to devote themselves fully to the Lord if they wanted to 🙂
September 21, 2016 at 19:12
Ahhh, yes I can’t disagree with that! Some, clearly are called to work outside of the system – Mother Theresa comes to mind – but most of us have to figure out how to live out our “worldly” vocations and our “holy” ones at the same time. Which is not to imply that our worldly work is any less “holy” – they are both holy when they are done for the Lord.
Plus, if all the Christians currently in the workforce suddenly exited the workforce to devote their time to reaching to the lost…who is going to minister to those left behind?
September 21, 2016 at 19:22
I agree with all you stated, and we HAVE to work But there again is the ‘the system’ we have here. We can reach people at a workplace, and we must be there in order for that to happen. But when we are on the hamster wheel, that/we look just like the world. I’ll just throw a hypothetical out there: Are we supposed to praying to God to LET us, somehow, work 9 hours a day for His kingdom/His glory, and see how He provides for us? Should we do that-pray for that?
September 21, 2016 at 19:25
I hate to keep jumping in this really interesting conversation LOL, but again that is fascinating.
I am not any sort of vocational minister; I am just a normal guy living normal life.
I have literally prayed over and over for God to call me to a full time ministry, specifically to preach. Well, that call has not happened. Now, does that mean we should be praying for that? Beats me, but I do know sometimes you can, and it won’t happen.
September 21, 2016 at 19:31
Agree! But I think most Christians don’t pray for that, because they don’t ever think about it. They just continue with the societal traditions without giving it a second thought 🙂
September 21, 2016 at 19:35
I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t. Perhaps this is something that God is calling you to? There is certainly nothing wrong with giving it prayerful consideration and following where He leads!
September 21, 2016 at 19:37
I guess I’m referring to all Christians/Christians in general. Thanks!
September 21, 2016 at 19:41
Agreed. Far fewer Christians choose to “think outside of the box” than choose to “work within the system” and perhaps more should be challenged to think outside of they’re comfortable little zone
September 21, 2016 at 19:55
Yes, completely agree anitvan! Maybe more could be accomplished that is meaningful and lasting.
September 21, 2016 at 20:09
Here’s a fantastic article that explains my thoughts on Christian vocation in a little more detail
September 21, 2016 at 20:11
And I agree with you. I think another aspect that I’m pointing out is it’s all work regardless-but for whom 😉
September 21, 2016 at 20:14
“God does not need our good works, Luther said, but our neighbor does”
I really liked that
September 21, 2016 at 20:20
Hehe…I’ve stolen it a time or two…
September 21, 2016 at 20:35
Yes…excellent quote for sure.
September 21, 2016 at 18:59
And I understand not being a burden, and not at all what I’m getting at. What I’m getting at is the ‘supporting oneself’ part.
September 21, 2016 at 19:51
As long as I have breath…let me pray! 😆
September 21, 2016 at 19:52
Amen Marijo, thanks
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