I Chronicles 11:6 And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief.
David is looking for who should be the chief and captain of his army. He offers the job to the man that really wants it. He lays down a challenge. If you want to be the man then go up and smite the Jebusites. It was as simple as that. You can earn the job and have it if you want. Anyone could have had the job. Joab is the man that decides to do so.
Joab will be David’s captain and chief throughout his kingdom. He earned his job. I think that is a great picture of what we can do. You can earn a place to serve God. Most of us want to serve and look for a position. Most want a ready-made job with a title. They want to start on top. Who will go smite the Jebusites without a title? Who will go smite the Jebusites without a salary?
Men will offer to pastor the church that has good attendance, ministry, and salary but not go start one from scratch. Men will offer to pastor a church in the USA but not give their lives to take the gospel where men have never heard. Where is the glory in going away from everything you know? I think the question still rings true, “who will go smite the Jebusites?”
So what are the lessons here?
Do something now. Get in the ministry. Plug in anywhere you can. Clean the building. Get to the services early and welcome people. Help close the doors at the end of the service. Make visits. Preach in nursing homes. Help the pastor with anything that needs doing. Win someone to Christ and bring them to church. Disciple the ones you know. Build another’s ministry by working in the background.
Don’t wait for the job to be given to you. Get up and go smite the Jebusites. Take initiative. Don’t wait to be invited, get a title or a paycheck. Get underfoot and start helping. Go get the job before anyone else. You do not need a job that has a big name, position, or title. You just need to get started.
Don’t work because you have a job. Work to get a job, to do a job, to make a difference. Work because it is right and God will open doors for you to have more ministry.
Do the job before it is yours. Earn your job!
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