“Sit Down, Shut Up, and Do Your Job!”
by Jean Mulquin
“For the third test, the Devil took him to the peak of a huge mountain. He gestured expansively, pointing out all the earth’s kingdoms, how glorious they all were. Then he said, ‘They’re yours—lock, stock, and barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they’re yours.’
Jesus’ refusal was curt: ‘Beat it, Satan!’ He backed his rebuke with a third quotation from Deuteronomy: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and only him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.’
The Test was over. The Devil left. And in his place, angels! Angels came and took care of Jesus’ needs.'” Matthew 4:2-3 (MSG)
I was in a test that lasted a long time. God had clearly spoken to me to quit my high paying job as an Operations Manager, because He was calling me into ministry to help women. However, nothing I tried for the next 10 years worked! During that time, I went to work at a church and had to work for the most difficult person I had ever encountered. That is saying something, because I had managed six departments of all men and dealt with truck drivers on a daily basis!
God kept saying to me, “Sit down, shut up, and do your job…I have your back!” I was not supposed to get involved with the church politics. I did what God told me to do (even though some nights my tongue would practically bleed from biting it)!
I wanted to pass the test of being both obedient, and content in whatever situation God put me in until He advanced me.
Then one day, that difficult person found a different job and I was asked to fill that position. My salary was almost doubled overnight!! I knew I had passed my test when the Senior Pastor told me that taking that position would “help me with my assertiveness!” I had to laugh. I told him, “Oh, I have no problem being assertive…I can even be downright aggressive when I need to be.” Then I told him a bit about my history and said, “What I’ve been working on is being submissive to authority, and I guess I passed the test!”
My husband, John, and I were already volunteering for Katie’s ministry, and I let the Pastor I was working directly under know, that I would have to go with Katie when she called me, but that took two more years before that call came.
What test are you in right now? What is the Lord trying to teach or develop in you?
Think about how many times you have been in a similar test before.
What are you doing differently this time, so you can pass the test and move forward in your walk with God?
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