We all have different assignments in our lives. We find our selves in different types of work, sometimes we love and enjoy our work and other times we would just assume get up and walk away. I’ve been in both places. I’ve been in work that I absolutely detested and was burned out from and then jobs that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Not going to call out any specific job. Just the way life goes. As I have shared on several occasions, I have started school with the goal of becoming a licensed professional counselor and move into ministry and christian counseling. I am excited about this journey. I have an awesome family that supports me in this journey and great group of men and a church family that is very encouraging and supportive through it and even provides a sense of guidance.
With that said, while this journey continues, I still have my current job that I work at and have been for the last 10 years. Now, it could be so easy to just through my hands up and say I am done and focus on my attention to my schooling and development. I realized something though. God has us in our assignments for reason and a purpose. When He is ready for me to finally move, I will move. Until that time, I have an obligation to Him, to glorify Him and finish up where I am and not just simply give-up and walk away, not caring, or just not doing the work that I need to do. Until He is ready for me to move, I need to finish my assignment. As a man I have a responsibility to my family and as an image bearer of God, I have a responsibility to HIm to finish strong where I am. As my pastor said in our men’s study, that’s the best way to glorify Him.
I’ve been studying Genesis 1 and 2 lately. This came after our men’s study on authentic manhood and dives into the original design of creation. There’s so much to gain from studying our original creation and how God laid the world out and gave man dominion over the earth before the fall, which came so quickly in creation. One of the major points that stuck out to me was from Genesis 2:15 where it says, “The the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” Right off the bat, God gave Adam a J-O-B, as my pastor, Tim, put it. Adam was given responsibilities and this was even before Eve was created.
This was part of the way Adam was able to glorify God before the fall. By doing the work that God had entrusted Him to do. Jesus was the same way throughout His time here on earth. He glorified the Father because He knew his mission and purpose and was going to carry that out, all the way to His death.
We all have responsibilities here in this life. God has each of us exactly where we need to be in this life and He is calling many of us to knew assignments as well. Faith in Him needs to be motivator of all we do. Glorifying Him in all that we do in this life. If we just simply give-up and walk away or fail to adhere to our responsibilities then there is no way we can glorify Him. Finish up where you are an finish strong. That’s such an awesome testament to the faith of God leading you and making the best of where you are before He is ready for you to finally move.
Understand this, and this right here is mainly for you men out there. Part of your responsibility as well is to lead your family, raising up your kids in a way that they grow to have a heart for God in their own life and want to draw nearer to Him. If you walk away from this responsibility and then your motives are simply self-driven for your own successes, how in the world can you glorify the Father and quite honestly, how can you call yourself a man. We only get one shot at this life and we can’t live it spent with a self-reliant focus that does not draw to faith. Remember, check your motives because anything not done out of faith is sin. I’ve sinned in this manner as we all have, but we have to learn to recognize it repent from it and own to it in order to heal and start living a life of faith.
“The root of our sinfulness is the desire for our own happiness apart from God and apart from the happiness of others in God. All sin comes from a desire to be happy cut off from the glory of God and cut off from the good of others.”
“Headship is the divine calling of a husband to take primary responsibility for Christlike, servant leadership, protection, and provision in the home.”
– John Piper