Lake Eufaula Christian Church
God desires for us to have purpose in our work, which we are to do for Him—to bring glory to Him. Some of you may feel as if your work is having an impact, that things are going extremely well in your organization or your business. On the other hand, some of you might feel like you’re in prison on your job. If you hate what you’re currently doing and you can’t see its purpose or possible impact, then it’s tough to work at it with all your heart.
Even worse, maybe you’re currently unemployed, and your life feels like a giant hamster wheel you can’t escape. Whatever season of life and work that you’re now in, God wants you to experience abundant living—even during heart-wrenching, frustrating times. Jesus tells us in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
The full, abundant life is the contented life, and contentment abounds when you know that God is equal to every emergency and desperate time you have. Philippians 4:19 says that He is able to supply all our needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus. So, if you hate what you’re going through, give that portion of your life to the Lord. Remember, even the little, mundane frustrating things are important to God.
One of the great Old Testament stories highlights this truth—the story of Joseph. Joseph is an incredible example of how God works negative things together for good. At the beginning of Joseph’s story, he is one of twelve brothers, and the other eleven don’t like him. Maybe he was kind of bratty about being their father’s favorite. Maybe he unintentionally rubbed it in the faces of his brothers. Whatever the reason, they sell Joseph into slavery to get rid of him.
So the kid Joseph ends up in Egypt, working for a man named Potiphar. He’s isolated in a different country away from his family, among people who don’t understand his God or his values. Genesis 39: 2-4 tells us “The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master…. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. “
Joseph had been raised to believe that everything is for God. So whatever task he was given, he did it well, knowing God had purpose and meaning for what he was facing right then. His excellence increased his influence. “ If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” (Luke 26:10) To be faithful in your “now,” ask yourself, “What more can I give? What more can I learn? How can I help move myself and others involved forward? How can I steward my time better? How can I steward the resources I have in a better way that shines for God?”
If you’re faithful in your “now,” when the time is right, God will open doors and work even more on your behalf. Thus, you will be favored in your “next.”
We at LECC hope your “next” will include visiting us at 415897 Highway 9, Eufaula, where we have 10 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. worship, and Wednesday all-age activities at 6 p.m. Please join us as we worship the God who turns broken situations into gloriousness.
God Bless You!
Jeremy Little, Minister