“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10, NASB

 I am so excited. Relieved. Renewed!

Recently I considered a fabulous idea for this blog: a weekly feature titled “Impacting Our World.” I planned to interview missionaries and ministry leaders and share their work with you. In a small way, this would spread the word about how God is using them, inspiring us to get involved–whether through prayer, finances, or personal involvement.

While I love this concept, God stopped me. He began revealing something I hadn’t truly grasped before.

For the longest time, I’ve considered other Christians like missionaries, special interest ministries, and so on to really be doing God’s work. And they truly are ministering in worthy, fruitful ways–ways I greatly admire, respect, and value. Yet I’ve felt disqualified somehow because I’m not serving the Lord in this capacity or in that endeavor–such as feeding the homeless regularly, sharing the Gospel overseas, or ministering outside abortion clinics. Focusing so much attention on the amazing work others do for God, I’ve failed to realize…

God is using me too.

He has gifted me as a writer and given me a love for teaching His Word. He’s called me to this ministry–not Madeline’s or Joe’s or anybody else’s ministry.

God is using me to help build His kingdom in the way He designed for me beforehand.

I’m not world famous. I don’t stand out. I’m not absolutely incredible at anything. But none of that matters, because I’m a child of the living God–chosen, holy, and beloved (see Col. 3:12). The Lord holds a purpose for my life, and He’s equipped me to accomplish the works He’s prepared for me to do.

Friend, perhaps you can relate. Does the enemy whisper that you’re not making a difference for Christ? Are you paralyzed by comparing your service to others? If so, God longs for you to embrace the way He’s created you to fulfill His will.

Let’s  focus on doing what God has called each of us to do. While this certainly includes our passions, the Lord also calls us sometimes to work we don’t relish. Yet we’ve no need to worry, for He supplies everything required for every task. Whatever His calling, we need to obey.

Let’s stop looking around and feeling ineffective just because God uses others differently. Instead, let’s look up, confidently moving forward in Christ.

As we walk in the works God’s prepared for us, we’re all impacting our world.

To God be the glory!

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