We have to realize when our faith is in Christ we give God glory wherever we are, whether folding clothes or closing a business deal. We can’t forget that the Spirit of God is in us and we are the Church. In today’s lesson we’ll meet a man named Obadiah who lives out this truth with grace and effectiveness. He works for an evil king but is used by God in mighty ways, right where he is. If God can use Obadiah, He can certainly use you wherever you find yourself today.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for using me in your plans. Thank You for giving me purpose right where I am. I pray for the strength and courage to allow You to use me mightly today. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray. Amen.
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Hello Beloved! Today we are continuing our Daughters of Fire Series where we are learning life lessons and wisdom from Elijah in the Bible on how to live passionate lives for Jesus Christ. Today our journey with Elijah has led us to discuss what it means to be used by God.
Now this topic was the most challenging for me in college because I thought that God was only using me when I was reading my bible, teaching bible study or doing something directly ministry related. And as silly as that sounds I know this is an important topic to cover as we discuss what it means to be a Daughter of Fire because I know many of you struggle with this as well. Sometimes we feel we are only doing enough for God when we are doing something directly related to ministry work. We don’t realize that we are being used by God even when we are doing homework, driving to work or picking up the groceries.
And as we look at the life of Elijah and we are inspired by his boldness and faith I think we can be tempted to say, well of course Elijah has such a great testimony and God used him in such great ways, his whole life was dedicated to serving God. And this is true, Elijah was what we would consider in full time ministry, the work he did was dedicated to directly serving God’s kingdom.
Which is why I want to introduce you to a very important person Elijah meets on his journey to Mount Carmel. After Elijah spends time with the widow and her son God calls Elijah to preset himself back to King Ahab. On his way he meets a man named Obadiah in 1 Kings 17:1-15. Let me read just a few of those verses for you so you can get to know something very important about Obadiah:
“So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria, and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, his palace administrator. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the Lord. While Jezebel was killing off the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.) As Obadiah was walking along, Elijah met him. Obadiah recognized him, bowed down to the ground, and said, “Is it really you, my lord Elijah?” “Yes,” he replied. “Go tell your master, ‘Elijah is here.’ ”” – 1 Kings 18:2-4, 7-8 NIV
This is what I want you to understand about Obadiah, he is in the same dark situation as Elijah, they are both living in a nation that does not serve God with their whole hearts, temptation to serve others gods surrounds them and they are led by misguided leaders. More importantly, despite their situation they are both devout believers in the Lord.
Now why is this important? Because Obadiah is not in full time ministry. Unlike Elijah he has not been called to the quiet of a ravine to hear from the Lord. No, Obadiah wakes up every day to work for the most evil King in Israelite history. He directly answers to King Ahab who has angered to lord like no King before him by leading the Israelites the furthest from God than they had ever been. Yet, Obadiah still maintains his heart for God.
Instead of quitting, instead of walking away from the darkness Obadiah decides to be the light in the darkness, he decides to allow the Lord to use him right where his is.
Maybe God did not call you into full time ministry. Guess what? That does not mean God is not using you. God placed you where you are, because that is where he wants to use you. Whether you are a teacher or lawyer or factory worker we have to realize God’s calling on our lives is not limited to a church building or prayer closet. These places are important for building up the church but how will our light shine if we never enter the darkness, if we never enter the world?God placed you where you are, because that is where he wants to use you. Click To Tweet
We have to realize when our faith is in Christ we give God glory wherever we are, whether folding closes or closing a business deal. We can’t forget that the Spirit of God is in us, we, believers in Christ are the church. Obadiah’s job as palace administrator positioned him to be able to save many of God’s prophets from being killed by Queen Jezebel. Had he not being working in the palace God would not have used him so mightily. I want you to carefully consider the world God has called you to, and seek Him about how He wants to use us, not how you think He should.
Serving God does not always mean being in a missionary, preacher or speaker. I am very passionate about this because so many women think that to have a purpose from God on their life that have to be in full time ministry, so many women think that in order to be anointed by God you have to be a Sunday school teacher. These are lies that are dimming the light of God’s Daughters of Fire because we are all called to be God’s witnesses, the Bible tells us that God has given us all the power from His Holy Spirit to proclaim the truth of His Gospel, not only from a pulpit but from nurseries, schools, boardrooms, airplanes, hospitals and to all the ends of the earth. Not just churches. Those in full time ministry are not the only ones called by God. God has given every believer gifts and a testimony and His Spirit so that we can go out into all the earth and give God glory. We are all called just like Elijah, just like Obadiah. The question is not, can God use me or do I have a calling on my life, we have all been called. The question is will you answer that called right where you are?
Now let’s keep this conversation going Beloved! Comment and let me know, where has God called you and how is God using you right where you are? I just love hearing from you!
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