Today’s devotional, written by Dr. Wayde Goodall, urges us to keep our focus on our own calling and work on fulfilling what God has called us to do rather than getting caught up with what those around us are doing. That’s not to say we shouldn’t be interested in what others are doing, simply that we’re not to get so absorbed in the call on others’ lives that we fail to fulfill our own. A great reminder!
. . . in order that Satan might not outwit us.
For we are not unaware of his schemes. ~ 2 Corinthians 2:11
There is no question that Satan has his favorite tactics, and has areas where he commonly attacks God’s people and God’s church. Paul was cautious so as not to be outwitted by the enemy of his soul. He knew the devil’s schemes and was aware when Satan was planting seeds of destruction, or was attacking outright to bring great injury to a person or a church.
As believers, we must understand our God-ordained place, our unique calling, our assignment(s), and our destiny. We are fathers, mothers, employers, employees, pastors, laypeople, government officials, private citizens, etc. These various roles require different things from us, and we can operate in God’s will as we serve in these roles. In the same way, God has other unique spiritual assignments and servant leadership roles for us. He is constantly preparing us and giving us experiences and spiritual gifts in order that we may be ready to serve in His kingdom. Knowing who we are in Christ and where God has placed us is part of the will of God for us.
There are three major areas where we can fulfill God’s will:
- With Our Family: We are sons or daughters, husbands, wives, parents, grandparents, etc.
- With Our Church: There are God-ordained pastors and laymen (who are officers and/or members), but we all need to be serving the Lord in some way.
- With Our Community: There are public servants and private citizens. There are people who need to know Christ personally and people who need to grow in their faith.
In his instruction on how to wear the armor of God, Paul reminds us, “stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm . . . ” (Ephesians 6:13b-14a). Peter tells us to, “Resist him [the devil] standing firm in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9). James instructs us to, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7, emphasis mine).
Stand – holding our ground; understanding our role and sticking to it. Knowing who we are and knowing God’s assignment for us is critical as we fight the enemy who is constantly watching.
Resist – not budging on the truth; relying on Jesus and trusting God, who has called you to a unique role in His kingdom.
This includes our understanding of the particular place where God has assigned us. For instance: Teachers understand that they are not the principal; principals understand that they are not the teacher. Bible study leaders understand that they are not the pastor of the church; the pastor understands the importance of the Bible study leaders. Along with our understanding, we have read more
(c) 2016 Wayde Goodall Used with permission