Dare 2B Daring - July 13, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“God is glorified by our serving Him in our proper vocations. Take care, dear reader, that you do not forsake the path of duty by leaving your occupation, and take care you do not dishonor your profession while in it. Think little of yourselves, but do not think too little of your callings.”
“Every lawful trade may be sanctified by the gospel to noblest ends. Turn to the Bible, and you will find the most menial forms of labor connected either with most daring deeds of faith, or with persons whose lives have been illustrious for holiness. Therefore, be not discouraged with your calling.”
“Whatever God has made your position, or your work, abide in that, unless you are quite sure that He calls you to something else. Let your first care be to glorify God to the utmost of your power where you are. Fill your present sphere to His praise, and if He needs you in another He will show it to you.” – C.H. Spurgeon
I placed my faith and trust in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior in March 1977. Following a period of brokenness, I made him Lord of every area of my life in April 1982.
A short time later, I answered an altar call during a missions conference at Haddon Heights Baptist Church in New Jersey. Not for salvation, because I was already genuinely and eternally saved. Instead, I virtually ran down the aisle to surrender my life to full-time Christian service.
At the time, I was working as a travel agent in Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter, I accepted a position as recreation director at a Christian retirement community, where I served for 11 years. During that time, God led me to launch an athletic prison ministry that is still in existence today. Finally, on January 1, 1994, I entered full-time ministry.
Or did I? Looking back, I actually entered full-time ministry the day I answered that altar call. And from God’s vantagepoint, my work as a travel agent and my service as a recreation director were as holy and sanctified as my prison ministry. Why? Because I treated each position not only as my job, but also as God’s vocational assignment.
I encourage you to do likewise, whether you are a pastor or a plumber, a missionary or a mechanic.
“Moreover there are workman with you in abundance: woodsman and stonecutters, and all types of skillful men for every type of work.” I Chronicles 22:15 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President