Summary: Greatly inspired by Brian Houston’s book ’For this I was born’, this series seeks to change our paradigms about where we are positioned in life, and to make us realise that we are all a strategic placement of God for a purpose and a function.
• Every one of us will experience a sense of purpose and peace if we simply realised, and believed, that we are each a strategic placement, placed by God where He wants us, with whom He wants us, because of what He has planned for us.
• God is big on positioning – Elisha was positioned for Elijah’s mantle, Esther was positioned in the palace, Ruth was positioned in the bloodline of Boaz, Joshua was positioned to take the baton from Moses – again and again we see people in the Bible who understood that one word from God should be enough for us to be positioned for maximum impact.
• One of the most demoralising things though can be when we see what we do in life as futile and as having no effect.
• This is damaging in many ways because it causes us to take our eyes off what God has put in our hands and to look at what others have in theirs.
• You might be a plumber sitting there wishing you were the man doing the preaching, not because you can but because it seems to be so much closer to something that God would approve of.
• We downgrade our own jobs and our own lives because we think that it is only in the up-front, public-eye work where the favour of God lies and that is quite simply not true.
• As a matter of fact there are plenty pastors and up-front people doing work in God’s Name that is not actually what God wants.
• What we need is a mind-set shift, a paradigm shift, that has us all realising that regardless of what our occupation is, that thing that brings home the bacon and feeds us, that as Christians we are also occupied with a task that is far bigger than even this world.
1 Corinthians 12: 14-20
• You are a vital part of the body and you have been positioned in the Body of Christ – the Church, for maximum effect.
• A lot of your impact however is going to be determined by your heart attitude in relation to the world that we live in.
• Tomorrow each of one of us will be in a different place – some in an office, some in a lecture hall, some in a classroom, some on a building site, some in a kitchen and some in a workshop, but today I want to pray that God will give you all a heart revelation about the task He has called you to, and a heart revelation about where He has positioned you in the world.
• Salt is useless if it stays in the salt shaker – and Jesus says that we are the salt of the earth, which means we need to be out there in the world being salt and that means adding flavour
• Salt makes sure that food is not bland – we are positioned to make sure that wherever we work is never boring because we have salt to add – too much makes it bitter by the way, and unpalatable, but salt administered in wise and well-timed measures can have a huge effect.
• This world is in big trouble – stress is consuming the hearts and minds of people and that comes when our foundation is shaken and we feel insecure about ourselves, but I remind you that as Christians we have a sure foundation in Christ Jesus and He cannot be shaken.
• So I put it to you today that it takes all the striving out of your work when you are occupied with a task that is bigger than you are.