Week 2 Day 2
Alive in every environment: made for more
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.” @ Matthew 25:14-15.
Your talents and strengths are God-given.
They are given, not just so you can make a living, but so you can express the life within you. While your job does not need to be impressive, it does need to be expressive - it needs to give you the chance to do what you do best everyday. It needs to engage your passion. It ought to be a source of enjoyment in your life.
In the passage today, the business owner gave to each according to their own ability. The word ‘own’ is the Greek work ‘idiom’, from which we derive our word ‘idiosyncrasies’. It implies gifting that correlates with personality and the uniqueness of the individual. Our work is the signature of our soul, therefore our work ought to unlock our uniqueness. We all need to feel that the person we are fits the work we are doing.
The Oscar-winning 1981 film, “Chariots of Fire”, depicts the true story of missionary to china and olympian athlete, Eric Liddell. When challenged by his sister to choose between his call to missionary work in China and his athletic abilities, Eric replied, "God made me for a purpose. He made me for China, but He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”
Work is supposed to bring a sense of Divine pleasure - of favour, not a sense of failure to our lives. You were made for work that stirs passion and purpose.
Work to make a living, yes. But position your heart to allow that work to express the life within you.