Have you considered that the work you perform every day is your calling from God? Not only that, when you do your very best in your work, your work is also worshiping God. It doesn’t matter that the work you do is outside the field of ministry. Whatever you do that is your passion, that is the God given purpose for your life. That is your calling and your ministry in this world. And you have an awesome privilege to be able to witness things that are unique for you and life changing for others.
There are great bloggers that are showing how God works in their lives. They are telling about miracles that prove His reality. But the greatest reality is not the story that the bloggers are telling others, but how God is proving Himself to the bloggers. Then they relate the story to others hoping to inspire action in their readers to God. It’s not a matter of bringing attention to themselves, but to bring attention to the delivering love of a true God to others. But here’s something really interesting about God’s love. When anyone of any denomination looks to God for deliverance, He answers.
God is a god of miracles. When anyone turns to God for help, he is so loving and just that he rains that help and deliverance to anyone that asks. This is the power behind “The Secret.” I know there are some people who will say that “The Secret” is devilish because it does not acknowledge Jesus Christ and is clearly slanted towards worldly gratification. But stick with me for a few minutes to see what I mean.
We Christians have worked hard to earn the title of “Judgmental.” It’s no secret so don’t be so high and mighty to say, “But that’s not me.” We are judgmental without realizing it and we judge everything. The problem is we won’t admit that the judging is wrong. From the pulpit to the “church lady” on the pew, we are so busy judging everyone else’s flaws and everything around us that we’ve forgotten where we also started and that we are also flawed and guilty of judgment. We have become so blinded by looking at so many flaws that we cannot see God’s glory at work in other people’s lives. Especially when they are not Christian. We have placed God into such a tiny box that the rest of the believing world is left outside with no room for them to come in. But as long as they are searching to know the true God of love and deliverance, they are also searching for the same God of miracles that we worship.
Do you know why Mormons will stay committed to their church after they serve two years somewhere as a missionary? They’ve experienced God. They witnessed God performing feats of miraculous wonder that is only explained by the supernatural. They are following a God of power, love and wonder. No amount of rhetoric or logical debating will ever change their mind against the church that allowed them to experience God’s power first hand. You can call the Mormon church a cult all you want and even claim that it’s not Christian, non of these things can persuade a Mormon to leave after they experience God’s miracle working power in their personal life. If you cannot produce anything different, they have no reason to listen. Quite frankly, if I were a Mormon, I wouldn’t listen either. But I’m not a Mormon, I’m just a retired Christian believer with a vision to show others how to experience God like the first century church demonstrated.
I know of Muslim doctors that have prayed to Allah to heal a patient that was beyond medical reason for healing. These patients are knocking at death’s door but recovered. These doctors witnessed God working miracles at their work. They just called God, Allah. Why are we so quick to say that God’s name is God alone? If God looks upon the individual’s heart, wouldn’t it be possible for Him to work a miracle just because He loves? Sure, it would be great if the miracle happened on account of a Christian’s prayer, but a Christian wouldn’t generally be present at the bedside of a dying Muslim. That would be a miracle in itself. So God can work a miracle at His prerogative.
If a Christian did pray for that person’s deliverance, why did they keep the prayer hidden in a closet? Jesus Christ never got the credit. Christianity was not elevated or exposed. Only the prayer to God, (Allah) was known. The sixth Rule for Radical Christians from Chapter Seven is this: “Come out of the Closet” to demonstrate God’s Spiritual Power in you. Why should you be afraid to demonstrate God’s Spiritual Power at work within you? It’s what we were called to do before the foundation of the world. It’s also what the world doesn’t want to see. Because when you work a miracle in the name of Jesus Christ as we are commanded to do, you prove that Jesus is real and God’s power is real.
A gentleman that served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive once told a group of college kids that God saved his life during that campaign. As he was running across an area, he heard a audible voice yell “STOP!” In that same instant, machine gun fire riddled a post just ahead of him. He knew it was God that saved his life because there was nobody else in the area. Especially someone that wanted to keep him alive.
A police officer told of taking a wrong turn onto a secluded road in the middle of West Virginia. Beyond the tree line of the main road and out of sight was a stranded motorist who also took a wrong turn and needed help. Why did the officer take that turn? He just had a thought to check the road, he knew the road but never had a reason to go. It only led to an abandoned Ranger tower a little farther away. But here on this one occasion, someone needed help. The officer said, he always prays to God to show him people that needed help. On this particular instance, God gave him a simple quiet thought, “I wonder what’s down there?”
How many times have we heard of firemen entering a home filled with smoke to find children and saving a life? Yes they are trained to do that. But why are we also so quick to deny God his due honor for leading that fireman directly to the child in time. The miracle was the timing! It only takes seconds to go from life to death in a smoke filled room, especially when a frightened child is hiding in fear. Can you really say that we have no need to listen to God in our daily lives?
Businessmen have to deal with all kinds of people every day. Do you think that God may be able to tell you whether to pursue a deal or avoid a deal that looks good but is filled with evil? Maybe God can even tell you to avoid getting into a partnership with the wrong person. If God is loving and loves you as His child, wouldn’t He want to protect your life, your property, your family, and your business? These are all attitudes that were once a normal part of our cultural thinking. J.C.Penney continued to give to his church during the Great Depression and remained in business. Mr. Penney was a Christian.
God has also blessed the Schottenstein family who are not Christian. They own the Value City Furniture line of stores and give tremendously to The Ohio State University. God is all about love and He will bless and prosper people who are also loving and generous. These people have experienced God’s miraculous grace, power, and love in their lives. They give their praise to God for their prosperity and they follow principles of prosperity taught to them from the Word. They are also making a cultural impact in the University level because of the influence that God’s wealth had given them. Christians need to learn from this example that God is generous. If we want to regain cultural influence, maybe we need to become more generous with the wealth God has also blessed in our lives.
What is our calling from God? As you can see by now, it’s not always to become a minister. Do you know that none of the twelve apostles that Jesus chose were ordained? They were all everyday people holding everyday professions. These are the men that started the Christian church we have today. If the clergy of their time was unable to keep their culture intact in such a dark time that they lived, why do we assume that the clergy of today can do better? God needs all of us to do our part in restoring the culture of moral interaction, social responsibility, and civic duty that built our country to the strongest nation in the world.
So what does all of this have to do with “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne? While watching the video that supports the book, Jesus Christ is mentioned as one of the great leaders who knew “The Secret.” In a nutshell, the secret, is no secret. It is the ability to visualize your goal. In the Bible, it is written in Matthew 21: 22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” The video also mentions that “The Secret” was influenced by “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. John Maxwell and Norman Vincent Peale both endorse the teachings in “Think and Grow Rich.” “The Secret” is an expansion on “Think and Grow Rich” and Matthew 21: 22. Whether taught by believers or nonbelievers in God, the principle is still the same. If you are able to visualize your goal, then you will absolutely attain that goal. This is a universal truth and as you apply more of universal truths in your own life, your goals, your career, and your calling become more and more apparent to everyone else around you.
You are important to God. Your life is important to God. And your calling before God is to do your part in your occupation to glorify His name, demonstrate His power, and prove His grace in your life. Together, we can restore moral decency and take our lives back from devilish power mongers seeking to erase God from our culture. You can truly live in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. This is the true foundation of American culture and only by this foundation is it possible for anyone to live and worship God in any manner they choose.