My greatest desire is to be a reflector of God’s glory in the midst of a pretty dark world, to stand in the direct path of God and be an active participant in furthering God’s kingdom. I do not have the ear of great leaders, nor do I have a platform from which to speak, nor an audience waiting to listen, and the tiny scope of influence I have is crippled by rules of workplace propriety and familial harmony. Sometimes I feel like my life is really making no difference in eternity…but then I think of the biblical account of Joseph. He went from favored son, to slave, to prisoner, to in charge of a large country. How could he know at his darkest moments that he was still in the direct path of God? How can I know, that even in my work-a-day life, I am standing in the path of God? I look at how God worked in the life of Joseph and I think, that since God is unchanging,1 God may employ similar techniques today.
Joseph found himself in the path of God just doing what he was good at, whether slave, prisoner, or leader, and as it turned out, his skills were ultimately essential to the preservation of his entire race! We can’t always know how we fit in to the big picture. The best we can do most of the time is live our lives, abiding in Christ, doing our daily work well, whether it be white collar, blue collar, or spit-up collar, and trust that there is a greater purpose at work.
Could it be that my day job is serving a purpose in furthering God’s kingdom? Perhaps. So off I go to work, and, using the skills God has given me, I’ll do it well. Someday maybe God will grant me the ability to see how my meager contribution has impacted God’s kingdom, but maybe I will never know this side of eternity.