I grew up in church as a Sunday school kid. When I was 13 years old, I met Joash who became a good friend of mine. We both wanted to be full-time ministers in church. I wanted to become a full-time pastor. 13 years have passed since then.
Today, I’m the CEO of 2 start-up internet companies SEO Hacker and Qeryz. Somewhere along the way, I felt as if what I was doing for God was much less than if I would’ve served in the ministry. I couldn’t be more wrong.
Being at the Center of God’s Will
Joash went on to become a full-time campus missionary. A very noble job and something I deeply respect. To be honest, there came a time when I felt like what he was doing was more favorable to the Lord than where I was. I couldn’t be more wrong.
I heard a podcast from Ravi Zacharias wherein he describes work as sacred.
I was stunned.
From that day on, I held a very different perspective about my work.
Ministry by definition means:
1) The work or vocation of a minister or religion.
2) The action of attending the needs of someone.
That someone is God. It’s always God – wherever you are in your work.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” – Matthew 25:35-40
It’s not About the Numbers
There was one night when Apple (my wife) was bothered about her ministry.
“I don’t think I’m doing enough for God.” She said.
I turned to her and told her, “It’s not about whether you’re doing enough for God. It’s IF you’re doing it for God.”
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
I realize now that not everyone is meant to be in church as a minister.
“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;” – Ephesians 4:11-12
If this verse would be expanded I believe it may well include businessmen, managers, social workers, and all other lawful jobs aside.
Remember, it’s not about what or how much you’re doing for God. It’s IF you’re doing it for God.
Your work is sacred.