“I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.” (Nehemiah 2:12)
The lie, “I’m not doing anything for God because I’m not in ministry.” The worry, “How am I supposed to know what I’m supposed to be doing with my life?” Lets look at Nehemiah. The truth is Nehemiah served in a secular setting, he was the king’s cupbearer. But as the cupbearer, there was no-one more suited than Nehemiah to rebuild the city walls.
He led a group of Jews to Jerusalem to re-build the wall. He brought stability back to the Jews and God was not limited by his secular vocation.
How did Nehemiah know that THIS was his purpose? He was burdened with it. You see, God doesn’t always SHOUT from mountain tops about our vocation, sometimes he burdens us with a cause. He also doesn’t always use those in ministry to accomplish the greatest works. Sometimes your unique gifting’s are what put you in the exact time, place, or business to be of use to God. Nehemiah shows us that a whole nation can be impacted by one man’s decision to follow God in his secular vocation. Be obedient to the burden that God has placed on your heart and he will USE you. Don’t limit your God by believing that your gift of finance, singing, accounting, building, book-keeping, or sales can’t be the very thing that God uses to bless others.