Words Of Truth - September 21, 2011

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Do YOUR Job"

“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.”
I Thessalonians 4:11

Veteran American League baseball umpire Bill Guthrie was working behind the plate one afternoon and the catcher for the visiting team was repeatedly protesting his calls.  Guthrie endured this for a number of innings, and then called a halt.  "Son," he said softly, "you've been a big help to me in calling balls and strikes today, and I appreciate it.  But I think I've got the hang of it now, so I'm going to ask you to go to the clubhouse and show whoever's there how to take a shower."
    God has a position for you to fill in His work.  Maybe God would have you be a nursery worker, or choir member, pastor, deacon, or Sunday School teacher.  Whatever He has for you to do, you must do it with all your strength.  However, you must not cross the line of doing someone else’s job.  God has a job for you, and only you can do that job.  You cannot effectively do your job while you are trying to do someone else’s job.
    The catcher has a job to do:  catch the ball!  He has no authority to call strikes and balls. In fact, he doesn’t have the same perspective to call the game that the umpire has.  If the catcher tries to call the game for the umpire, he will begin to make mistakes at his own job.  His mistakes will then immediately be blamed on the terrible job the umpire is doing when, in fact, he has lost his focus.  He is to be catching the ball, guarding the plate, and keeping runners from stealing bases.  The catcher has a huge responsibility; and if he loses sight of that, his team will suffer.
    The Christian who gets his eyes off of his responsibility will cause the whole team to suffer.  We must each do our job that God has given us to do, and leave others to do their job without our criticism.  I have found that if I have time to criticize someone else’s job, I am not doing mine!  Don’t make the Lord send you to the showers.  Stay focused on your area of responsibility.  Stay in the game!

Study verses - I Corinthians 12: 1- 31

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Previous devotions

"A Praying Church" - September 14, 2011
"Barking or Pulling" - August 31, 2011
"Spiritually Homeless" - August 24, 2011
"Fulfilling Your Duty" - August 17, 2011
"Overcoming Obstacles" - August 10, 2011
"Shine!" - July 20, 2011
"True Patriotism" - July 6, 2011
"Righteousness Exalteth a Nation" - June 29, 2011
"War Against the Flesh" - June 8, 2011
"Redeeming the Time" - June 1, 2011
"Waiting on God" - May 25, 2011
"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011

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