Dr. Clair Budd - "Honoring God in Ordinary Life"
September 3, 2012
"Honoring God in Ordinary Life"
“Whatever your station in life, make the most of it for the Kingdom; give it your best; bring honor to God by the way you conduct yourself with integrity.” -- Colossians 3:22-24 (paraphrased)
In Paul’s context, these instructions were offered to slaves as part of a larger section on how members of a household should conduct themselves. The paraphrase above captures the larger principle that fits every believer: we are to be stewards of the ordinary situations and opportunities in which we find ourselves.
We often hear, “Bloom where you’re planted,” but Paul’s instructions give us the spiritual basis for this advice. The way we give ourselves to our jobs or other pursuits is a way of giving honor to God. Others may slack off or give minimal effort in parts of their job that are less interesting, but not Jesus’ people. Instead, we conduct ourselves as ones living in the Kingdom of God, even while living among other people. We “make the most” of the opportunity provided to us as employees, as students, as church members, as club members – or whatever – to live “with integrity.”
How wonderful to hear that Asbury graduates are highly desired by employers because they live by this principle!
“Father, grant that I might be a faithful steward of the opportunities You bring my way so as to bring honor to You in every step of life. For Christ’s sake, Amen.”
--- Dr. Clair Budd, Professor of Christian Studies & Philosophy