I wrote this about a year ago and I felt like I needed to post it again now. Be encouraged to go for it, whatever it may be!
“So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we
have only done our duty.” Luke 17:10
As Christians, we are all meant to be servants of God. I believe that it is our duty to be all that Christ intends us to be and follow our dreams. We should desire to succeed in whatever Godly passion is in our hearts because that is a clear inclination that it is a job that God wants us to do for his glory. Whether you are a preacher, musician, painter, doctor, or teacher, you should strive to accept your duty and be the best in whatever career path you are led to. My mother-in-law said that her parents would tell her, “if you are going to be a street-sweeper, then be the best street-sweeper there is!”
That kind of mentality is what Christ expects us to strive for at all times. Of course, we are not born with this way of thinking. We have to fight for it. The bible says to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We have to constantly challenge our old way of thinking (that gets us nowhere), and replace it with new innovative ways to be progressive in our lives. This way of thinking is crucial to realizing any given dream you may have.
So many people are waiting for angels of God to knock on the door and say, “here is the blessing God has for you.” We feel that we don’t have to do anything but sit around and wait for things to fall in our lap. God never wanted us to be idle. Yes, God has things he promised he would give us, but he also gave us legs and arms to get up and work out our faith. It’s one thing to sit around believing, and another to put actions with that belief. The bible says we hope for what we cannot see. I have never seen Jesus Christ, but I hope and believe that he has forgiven me for my sins because I repented. If I believe in a Jesus that I have never tangibly seen, then why won’t I have hope in a life that I want but cannot tangibly see? Why do we only believe as far as we can see? For example, a man may see nothing but custodial jobs available around him and believe that he will only be a custodian because that is all he can see. Although he may hope to be more, he applies for one of the custodial positions and gets it. Eventually the hope for more dies within him and he retires after 30 years of work when he could have taken a risk towards his hopes and dreams.
There are many of us like the custodian who walk by sight and not by faith. I want to challenge you to close your eyes and be water walkers. Step into something that you want to do but fear it because of possible failure. If you fail, the worst that could happen is that you will end up where you started. If you succeed, the best that could happen is that you realize your dream!
When we realize our dream we now understand our duty. Our duty is then to represent Christ in whatever career we have so that the world can see Christ in our lives. Jesus' dream was to give humanity a hope and a future. It is also to get as much of us as he can to believe in him before we die and are judged. He came so that we could be saved from hell and realize the glory of a true heaven. He activated his dream. We now have the freedom to live for Christ and have the hope of eternal life. Jesus worked hard and is still working on his dream. He is still working on that dream through us! That is why it is important to be nothing but the best.
We must remember that Christ is not an average Lord. He is supreme and powerful! He is an over-achiever! He works hard at everything he does and gives his very best to us! He lives right inside of us! So what does that make us? It makes us nothing but the best as our careers should reflect the character of Christ who is in us. We ultimately serve God by being the very best in whatever he has called us to. As our work is recognized, so is Christ lifted up from the earth for all men to see and glorify!
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Col 3:23