June 20, 2011

A Living Child of God

1 Peter 2:11-12

Live such good lives … that … [people] may see your good deeds and glorify God …
1 Peter 2:12


What is God’s specific will for my life? Am I called to drive a truck or build houses? Am I to be a physician or a physical therapist? Is my home to be in Amsterdam, Chicago, or Toronto? Those who live for Jesus cannot escape such questions.

In the Christian life there is no division between the sacred and the secular. In all we do, we are to be God’s holy children. The world is God’s stage. We are privileged to partner in his drama of grace. God calls us to different roles in this ongoing drama. But each of us plays a part in demonstrating Christ’s lordship over all of life.

We are given significant freedom to choose how or where to serve him! Do you want to be a stay-at-home mom, developing the values and vision of godly children? Do you want to be a church planter, providing opportunities for people to meet the one true God? Do you want to be a plumber, using your skills to provide solutions for people’s hygienic needs? Do you want to be a research scientist, assisting us all to be greater servants of creation care? Unlimited opportunities are available through the gifts, talents, and resources God has provided in his world.

Peter reminds us that our unbelieving neighbors are reading our lives. So we want to take this command seriously: “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17).

Lord, help me to commit to live for you. May I seek to live my life for your glory always. Amen.

About the author — Calvin Hoogendoorn

Rev. Calvin Hoogendoorn serves as senior pastor of First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Previously he served two churches in Illinois. He and his wife, Carla, have three daughters.

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