‘God has given each of you a gift.’ 1 Peter 4:10 NLT

The Bible says: ‘God has given each of you a gift from his great variety … Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God’ (1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT). You may not be fortunate enough to work at a job that utilises your gifts, but you should at least be moving in that direction.

Paul worked as a tentmaker to finance his calling as a preacher. So if you know you’re a creative person with a talent for design and visual arts, and you’re currently frustrated by your sandwich hand job, it may be time to reconsider your career goals. If you love to solve problems when your computer crashes but you’re currently working at a shoe store, it’s time to step back and reassess. You may not be able to make a living from your passion right away. That’s okay for now. You may need to sign up for further study at a university or college. But your sights must stay set on following God’s calling. Moses spent two-thirds of his life getting ready for his real assignment leading the children of Israel into the promised land. God never wastes an experience. Often the wisdom you get from a job you don’t want equips you to succeed in the one you do, the one God has chosen for you. So keep growing and keep believing God. Then, when He opens the door, you will be ready to walk through it.

SoulFood: Eze 31-33 Mark 13:1-11 Ps 78:40-55 Pro 20:22-24

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023

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