God must be First

The works of monks and priests, however holy and arduous they be, do not differ one whit in the sight of God from the works of the rustic laborer in the field or the woman going about her household tasks, but that all works are measured before God by faith alone….Indeed, the menial housework if a manservant or maidservant is often more acceptable to God than all the fasting and other works of a monk or priest, because the monk or priest lacks faith.” -Martin Luther (Speechless p. 209)


It’s so easy to forget this, to think we must go into “ministry” when we are a Christian but the truth is our ministry is in our lives; in how we live them. It’s ok to be a stay at home mom/dad, a working mom/dad, a grocery store clerk, a teacher in a public school, etc. God can and will use us where we are if we have faith and we are willing to be used. It’s also ok to go on vacation, to go hiking, to see a movie;  He’s placed us here to enjoy life but with keeping Him first in all things!

Os Guinness says it best, “First and foremost, we are called to Someone (God), not to something (such as motherhood, politics, or teaching) or to somewhere (such as the inner city or Outer Mongolia). Our secondary calling, considering God is sovereign, is that everyone, everywhere,  and in everything should think, speak, live, and act entirely for Him. Secondary callings matter, but only because the primary calling matters.”

With all that being said, dwell on this scripture today…..
Matthew 22:37: Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’


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