A New Job

We have moved deeper into this New Year of 2017. The January theme for the sermons has been “Starting Something New.” On this past Sunday I focused on the theme of “Starting a New Job.” Politically speaking this was somewhat appropriate as we observed last Friday the inauguration of Donald Trump beginning his new job as President of the United States. His new job is a very big job, and I pray that God will give him the wisdom and ability to effectively fulfill the demands of this new job. The highest office of our nation impacts us all directly and indirectly. As Christians we are encouraged to trust God’s will when people fill political offices. The Scripture gives us many examples of God elevating sinners to positions of power and influence, whether as presidents, kings, or emperors. He used in His mysterious ways to fulfill His salvation plan. Leaders should realize that their position is God-appointed so they will not abuse the authority of their office. Scripture cites many examples of God raising pagan leaders to work His divine plan, but reserving the right to take them down. Ask Saul, Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, Herod and Caesar about this!

In this New Year, however, let us consider your new job. I am not talking about the one that makes you a living, but the one to which you have been divinely called to live out your life in Christ. Our Lord has work for us to do on this side of eternity, and by right of Holy Baptism we are called by Jesus to serve within His earthly kingdom. It has been said that “God does not call the equipped; in stead, He equips the called.” By right of your Baptism you are called into service. He even equips and trains you for the task entrusted to you. He does this by the Holy Spirit working through His precious Word. By growth in the Word the Holy Spirit works to develop you as an instrument of Christ’s righteousness and an agent of His love. In Ephesians 2, the Apostle Paul reaffirms how our salvation by grace is a free gift. But he doesn’t leave it there; he goes on to say that we are saved for God’s purpose: “We are His workmanshipHis masterpieces… His one-of-a-kind… created in Christ Jesus to do the works that God has prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). God knows the new job that He wants you to fulfill. He challenges you to hear and accept His calling, trusting that He will bless your work to the building up of His kingdom and the salvation of many souls.

As you ponder what new job God may be planning for you in this New Year, consider the following:

  1. Be aware of His calling. 
  2. Be not afraid to walk away from your comfort zone and follow Him.
  3. Be anticipating rich blessings in your life and the life of others.
  4. Be receptive to His empowering grace worked by the Holy Spirit.
  5. And be ready to be amazed by His desired use of you!

Written By: Rev. Barrie Henke