Friday, April 26, 2019
Paul was an extraordinary missionary, but he also had a secular profession. He was a tentmaker (Acts 18:3). Whenever it was needed, he was ready to work with his own hands to support himself as well as others who worked in the ministry with him (Acts 2:34; 1 Corinthians 4:12). He worked hard to make a living so as not to be a financial burden on others (1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8-9). He wanted to be a model and example for others.
Today, there are many believers in Christ who intentionally do the same. While working in their own profession and trade, they take the message of hope and joy to the lost world.
God, our Father in heaven, glory and honor and majesty belong to you. Thank you for calling us to serve you and be your ambassadors to the nations.
I pray that you will manifest your awesome power through those who carry the burden of working in their professions to support themselves while trying to bring the lost to your Kingdom.
Remind them always of who they are, children of the King; of what they are, saved by grace; and where they are, on an errand for the Master to save the lost and bring glory to the Lord.
Grant them endurance and strength. Bless them with quality time in your presence, with their families and with those whom they seek to bring to you. Reward their labor with abundant fruit—people who will hear the call of God and follow Jesus the Lord.
We ask all this for the sake of our Master and Lord, Christ our Redeemer, Savior and God. Amen.
The LORD who appeared in the burning bush wants to give you the best the land can produce, and it will be a princely crown on Joseph’s head (Deuteronomy 33:16, CEV).