Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness
Back in 1980 I applied for the position of a representative with a pharmaceutical company. I had absolutely no experience at all in that area, but somehow, I managed to get through to the third and final interview in London. I was offered the position and accepted.
Shortly after I was sent on a month’s training course which involved a test every day and an exam every Friday, which I had to pass. Because I didn’t have a degree I felt rather out of my depth and wondered if I had made a mistake in taking this job. This was further highlighted when one of the others on the course asked me what my degree was. My answer was, “I have an EPU”, to which he of replied, “What on earth is that, I’ve not heard of it”? When I told him, it was an ‘eleven plus failed’, the penny dropped. I did manage to get through the course and eventually pass my pharmaceutical exams with the help of, and by the grace of God.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine in management at my gym, a Chelsea fan, was told that because of the decline in gym membership he would have to take on a lesser role. He had just heard that he had obtained a 2-1 degree and wondered what to do. My advice was to apply for positions that really appealed to him, in the event that his appeal to be fully restored to the previous role doesn’t work out. He lacked confidence, but eventually applied for three jobs and got the lot. For the one he accepted, he was even able to negotiate working just three days a week simply because he wanted to work part-time for his father.
Sometimes we allow the devil to undermine our confidence in what God really has for us, be that in our work, our home and our health. Settling for second best is not what God has for those that are his children, you and I. For me it was forgetting that God had been instrumental in getting me the role in pharmaceuticals, for my friend it was allowing time to work with his father. The only difference between us was that I would be working for my heavenly Father.
Whatever you are doing or aim to do with your life, make time and room to serve your Father!
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Vic & Gill Ready - Senior Pastors