Living in the Life
From the Gospel of John, 15:5 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.
Each of us has a spot in our hearts where only God can fit. The challenge for me, as a follower of Christ, has been how to live a surrendered life and continue the path of a wage-earning professional.
The answer is, you just be who Christ has called you to be. If that means working the customer service desk and praying for customers, or managing a C12 chapter – each and every step of our professional life provides the opportunity to shine the light of Christ.
A Handful of Guideposts
As obvious as the answer appears to be, this path is a challenging one – more challenging than the alternative. Here are a few guideposts I have used to check myself for authenticity and love.
- Motivation – what is the ultimate goal for the action I am considering. Proverbs 16:2 – All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
- Caring – does my neighbors need matter to me as much as my own. John 13:34-35 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
- Trust – am I trusting in the Lord and seeking him in all things. Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
- Courage – lean on the love of the Lord and walk in his boldness. 1 Corinthians 16:13 – Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
The elegance of learning the walk of faith is that the Lord teaches in steps, stumbles and leaps. Maybe consider one of these four as a focal point in your day and reflect on outcomes and witness the fruit of the choices – you will recognize the sweet from the sour.
Look for the Fruit in Your Walk and Ways
Now, about the opening verse from John 15:5 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Even in the smallest steps of faith and surrender of self, Jesus will help guide and correct. He can and does use everything about and around us in a day to support our growth. The closer we stay to him, soaking in the word, meditating in prayer, fellowshipping in worship, observing creation – each full of creative potential for Holy Spirit to pour life into your heart.
Be encouraged. Be honest. Apart from the love of Christ I am destined for a rocky existence, at best – I can try and have, to fill the gap in my heart with what the world has to offer. I was blessed and fortunate to have the opportunities to exercise free will and choice. Many in the aging out space have missed that very luxury.
Onward with the Mission
For a year now, we have sought clarity and guidance about how the Lord wanted to use The Greater Glory Co., and over time, He has done just that. We are focused yes on the least among us, the orphan – and more particularly on the young ones who never find a forever home and age out of foster care. They seldom have a net to catch them when their choices are few and outcomes are drastic.
The Greater Glory Co. is one facet of life, a new professional life – where Jesus is Lord and Savior, and the mission is to drive commerce, awareness, and compassion. I am truly blessed to have a front-row seat. The life in the vine, flowing through the branch and producing fruit. What an amazing place to be – in professional life, in any walk of life.
Please share a testimony here – and multiply the power of God’s goodness in your life with others desperate for hope.
The 3 Part Mission of The Greater Glory Co. To encourage the sharing of testimonies, and release transforming power amongst the curious, the hungry, and thirsty – the world. Offer handcrafted wood Christian flags that celebrate and memorialize the transformed life, and…support the ministries that tend to the least among these, orphans and children aging out of foster care.