Evening, June 27, adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called.” — 1 Corinthians 7:20
Some persons have the foolish notion that the only way in which they can live for God is by becoming ministers, or missionaries. It is a pity how many would be shut out from any opportunity of magnifying the Most High if this were the case. Beloved, it is not the office held, it is earnestness; it is not position, it is grace which will enable us to glorify God. God is most surely glorified in that factory job, where the godly worker, as he works simple tasks, sings of the Savior’s love. Yes, God is glorified far more there than in many a staff pastoral role where official religiousness performs its meager duties. The name of Jesus is glorified by the poor unlearned deliveryman as he drives his truck, and blesses his God, or speaks to his fellow laborer by the roadside, as much as by the popular preacher who, throughout the country, like James and John, is thundering out the gospel. God is glorified by our serving him in our proper vocations. Take care, dear reader, that you do not forsake the path of duty by leaving your occupation, and take care you do not dishonor your profession while in it. Think little of yourselves, but do not think too little of your callings. Every lawful trade may be sanctified by the gospel to noblest ends. Turn to the Bible, and you will find the most menial forms of labor connected either with most daring deeds of faith, or with persons whose lives have been illustrious for holiness. Therefore, be not discontented with your calling. Whatever God has made your position, or your work, rest peacefully in that, unless you are quite sure that he calls you to something else. Let your first care be to glorify God to the utmost of your power where you are. Fill your present sphere to his praise, and if he needs you in another he will show it you. This evening lay aside vexing ambition, and embrace peaceful content.