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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Wednesday
    Sep152010

    Bloom Where You are Planted

    I have stated before my "life verse". The following has made itself my "year verse", first through vacation Bible school songs, then it just kept popping up. Especially when I felt discouraged about things God had asked me to do that just didn't seem to be working out the way I anticipated. I would feel frustrated, annoyed, cynical, and downcast...then this verse would come up in different ways. God is so cool...

     

    The Bible verse, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as if working for the Lord and not for man” (Colossians 3:23) was written by the apostle Paul and is specifically directed towards slaves. Since they had no say in where they went or what they did, Paul encouraged them to always do their best work regardless of their master’s treatment of them.

     

    I would say this verse also applies to every person in regards to their regular day-to-day job(s). It may not feel as if you are serving God answering phones in a call center, or changing diapers, or serving in a restaurant.

     

    It certainly sounds more “Christian” to say we teach, preach, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, house the needy, heal the sick, counsel the hurting, bring hope to those in prison, or bring the Gospel to foreign countries, but we are ALL called to these things, not a select few. The old adage, “bloom where you are planted” aptly applies.    

     

    We cannot control our life circumstances (we can influence it, but we have no true control) as humans. As Christians, we fully give conscience control of our lives to God, recognizing Him as the only ultimate authority and loving Father both able and worthy to have it.

     

    With this in mind, learning contentment (which is not absolution of desire or squelching of dreams or ambitions, but peacefully submitting those things to God in His will and His time and in His way) in every situation is essential,

    “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:12).

     

    Our brothers and sisters in Christ who have endured persecution would doubtless have chosen a nicer life (or death) for themselves than the awful things some have undergone. But they stayed at their jobs, their homes, and their countries (unless otherwise forced), blooming and propagating and knowing they were in fact blessed.

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