Bob Buford was a successful businessman who felt God calling him to some kind of ministry. He just wasn't sure what, so he decided to test the waters. He brought together a group of pastors of large churches to see if they could benefit from the kind of organizational expertise he had. The cost of doing this was low enough that had it been a dead end, he could easily have focused his search elsewhere. If he'd impulsively quit his job as CEO and taken a staff position in a church somewhere, he might have missed his calling and jeopardized his chance to keep searching. As a result, today he has a ministry that literally impacts the world. Now, you can't just walk away from your previous commitments. Amos transitioned into the prophecy business while he still had his shepherding job to fall back on. Paul kept his tent-making operation running when he went into church planting. Discerning God's will requires time and patience, and most of us have bills to pay and families to take care of. So what should you do? Keep your day job—but test the waters! And remember you're not alone. God's more committed to your success than you are. When you feel like He's given you the green light, gently push the accelerator and move forward. Playwright Arthur Miller said: "It's wrong to remain in a situation you know is a mismatch for you...God didn't place you on this earth to waste away your years in labor that doesn't employ His design or purpose for your life, no matter how much you may be getting paid."
"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:" (Philippians 3:20)
More than the temporal citizenship offered by the world, we are made inheritors of a heavenly citizenship. Paul wrote this to a church in the midst of a Roman colony who took great pride in their Roman citizenship. Yet the importance is not the location of our present dwelling, but our future heavenly home where we will see all His splendor with eyes unclouded and we shall surely worship Him. Thus, we eagerly await our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Week #36 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 10-12
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 20-24
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 105-107
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 22
Thursday: (Prophecy) Joel
Friday: (Gospels) John 13-15
Saturday: (Letters) 2 Timothy 3-4