I have been asked many questions over the course of my life as everyone of you have experienced as well. Questions dealing with my areas of expertise have been a pleasure because of the various perspectives from which I can see. Being a Christian, my perspective has no limitations and is therefore not isolated to the realm of strictly IT or Computer Technical Support or Internet or all things technical. For example, I see the frustrations of the elderly who feel left behind in a world of constant change; I see a generation lost in its own self-absorbed worldview; I see repetitions of memorized words without meaning or influence in the lives from which they stem; and, I have seen hope in our children who find their hope and security in our Lord, Jesus Christ. I believe each of these are blessings from the Lord and you may ask me why. The mere fact that they are brought to mind tells me everything I need to know and I know they are indeed blessings holding within each, an opportunity for prayer and the revelation of God’s Word.
Today, I am addressing only a few of the questions of the many I have been asked over the course of a number of years. Why? Because I believe it is important and may help in changing one's perspective and worldview. You may think that the questions of which I speak would be computer related but you would be wrong. Initially, people tend to call me regarding an issue first related to a computer need of some sort which inevitably leads to questions which never deal with the computer being serviced. It's a God thing. You may ask yourself why this might be the case. I see it as an opportunity to obey a very special and quite unique command. It is only given to those who believe on Jesus Christ and it is expected to be obeyed.
According to Scripture, 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.
The word, “Go,” in Greek is poreuthentes which may be more accurately translated here to, “as you are going” when reading within the context of this being an instructional command. Remember, to whom much is given, much is expected. If you have received forgiveness, you must forgive; If you have received mercy, you must give mercy; if you have received Grace, then you must give grace; and of course, if you have received Salvation, then you must share this Good News. There is nothing more important this side of eternity because you are expected to share it. Those of us who have received the Word are therefore responsible for it. Simply put, “As you are going...make disciples.” That changes everything from what you may have once thought.
While God may indeed be calling you to change your vocation or your location, that is certainly not a requirement for fulfilling the Great Commission. The truth is that Jesus has called each and every one of us to be a full-time missionary, making disciples as we go throughout our work and our lives no matter where that may be and no matter what we may be doing. It is called, “Living out the Gospel” as those who have been redeemed and not condemned. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1. Amen!
I remember a number of years ago sitting in Pastor Pete's office having been saved and eager to share the Gospel. I recall telling him that I have to go into the "Missions" Field. I learned that day that it was not a necessity to leave my home and head out to distant lands.
When we understand that work is inherently good and meaningful, that the calling of the clergy or someone out on the missions field is no higher than the calling of the congregation, and that Jesus has commanded us to make disciples as we are going throughout life...that changes everything we may have one time thought and believed. I know this to be the key. God uses his people regardless of where they happen to be. If He chooses to call a person to another country to preach His Word to a group of people who do not know Him or He chooses to reveal the need to you that a neighbor must hear of the saving Grace of our Lord; in either case, you are in the service of our Lord and it honors Him and it directly obeys His command. Just remember that the command is ongoing. That means you never stop making disciples. So, keep your eyes open and listen carefully for the opportunities afforded you by God to reveal His Word to those who do not know Him.
Therefore, it doesn’t matter what your job is and it doesn't matter where you live—you have been commanded to make disciples.
It doesn’t matter if you are an astronaut, in the military, a teacher, a businessman, a mom, a dad, an accountant, an attorney, a hard laborer, an artist or even a computer guy—God’s command to you is still the same and that is - to make disciples.
This is a command which is not at some distant point in the future. It isn't when you retire from your current vocation and it is certainly not just on the next short-term missions trip to Mexico. It is clearly, right now and that meansToday. You are a full-time missionary 24X7. What an awesome privilege. What an incredible responsibility because much is expected of you because you have already been given much.
This means that we who are believers, His redeemed, the called in accordance to His Word, the Elect, are all fulltime missionaries as we go through life in whatever vocation or occupation we may find ourselves.
Unfortunately, many have a mistaken belief which is totally unbiblical. The belief that there is some kind of hierarchy in the “callings” is ridiculous. Some think that a calling to the clergy is a greater calling than others. God called human beings to work, giving all work inherent meaning; thus, there should be no sense that one person’s vocational calling is higher, more meaningful, or more eternally significant than another. The only way I can see one having more meaning than another is if pride is blinding a person to see it that way. However, having the proper perspective in that it is all about God and not us, should correct that issue promptly. The truth is that we worship a God who works and that gives dignity and meaning to all vocations.
Quick Biblical History to Help See the Perspective: Jesus could have been born to some priestly household like John the Baptist, but no. He could have been born into a family of Pharisees like Saul of Tarsus who became Paul, the Apostle. But again, no. Jesus was born into the lowest of the working class. Jesus spent the majority of his life employed as a carpenter. His earthly father, Joseph, was also a carpenter, which means that Jesus was likely His earthly-father’s apprentice. The Greek word used for “carpenter” (tekton) could also be translated as “craftsman,” “builder,” “artisan,” “contractor,” or “handyman.” It is possible, therefore, that Jesus and Joseph were the sort of men you called when something needed to be fixed or repaired; or, maybe something needing to be built or altered in some way to make it more functional or better than it once was—be it made of wood, stone, or something else. When we look at the day and age and the location of where Jesus grew up, wood was not plentiful. Stone was the primary building material. He lived three miles from at least one rock quarry. Houses in ancient Nazareth were made with a rough stone foundation and mud-bricks were made on site. A minimum amount of wood was used in the roof structure because wood was expensive and not at all common. The houses in Nazareth were probably single story, simple and small.
So, why is this important? It helps to form my Biblical World-View. It helps me see other people’s perspectives and it helps me see people with a godly set of eyes rather than my own. It helps me place God’s intentions ahead of my own and it allows me to see things in a much bigger and broader way as well as a very narrow and singularly special way.
My God, Jesus, was born to the lowest of circumstances and labored in accordance to his vocation and he was known by the people at that time as the son of a carpenter. I cannot help but to notice that His earthly father, Joseph, is the one being credited with the title.
I believe that every believer is given opportunities to labor for His kingdom in our present circumstances, in our current vocation, no matter what that may be and no matter what that may look like. I believe it is supported Biblically without question. To act as if the calling of the clergy or a missionary out in another country is higher than any other calling is nothing less than a slight at Jesus Christ and it is absolutely unbiblical.
So, I labor where I am. I am called to be a missionary where I am and God gives me opportunities to serve Him in that capacity as evidenced by the stream of affirming remarks in the guestbook on this site.
I have been asked on numerous occasions, “how do you keep it all together?”
“It looks like you don’t separate work from religion so how do you do it?”
Well, let me address those two questions. Believe it or not, these are among the most common questions I receive. First, it isn’t about religion. Religion will kill you. According to Scripture, “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20. These were the most religious of the age. However, they were responsible for blaspheming against the Holy Spirit which is one of only two unforgiveable sins. They basically sealed their own fate.
To be clear, it is really about a relationship with God though Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is the transformation caused by way of the Gospel message taken to heart which we all should be readily acknowledging and giving witness to the changed lives in which we now live. It is therefore not I who live but Christ who lives in me. He makes it clear that He wants it to be made known through the fruit which is born about through the works manifested by the Holy Spirit. This is done so that He may receive the credit which is rightfully His. Therefore, it isn’t about me keeping it together and it isn’t about religion and separating work from it. It is simply living as one who has been redeemed and this is the necessary result of having received the Gospel message and the Grace given by God through Jesus Christ. This is simply what it looks like when it is lived out. That is all.
I have seen a number of questions or statements asking me why I'm not preaching to a congregation or being a pastor and the like. I believe that has already been addressed but in case it wasn’t clear, here it is in nutshell: God knows what He is doing and I serve Him in the capacity He has charged me. I wear many hats. I am a fulltime husband and dad but not before I am a child of God; I am a teacher of those who need to be encouraged by the Word of God but not before being a student of the Lord Jesus by way of prayer and learning His Word; I am a disciple but not before being a believer in our risen Lord; and, I am many other things at various times depending on the need and requirements my Lord places on me at any given time.
As the apostle Paul put it in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, 19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
Why am I not in front congregation preaching His Word? Here I am. This is where God has me and He is making much use of me in obedience to His command. I may speak with people not only in our city but also in many other locations including from out of our state and out of our country. God always gives a platform from which His servant may speak the Truth. COMPTU is what He has allowed me to use as His platform. If you are reading this I pray you are receiving the message.
Do you have questions as to whether God is real? Do you have an issue with God which has been left unresolved. Do you want to know what a relationship with Jesus looks like? Do you want to know what it is to be redeemed? Do you want to know with absolute certainty the saving Grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who will save to the utter most those of whom His father has given? Are there issues laying heavily on your heart to which you are unable to answer or perhaps currently unwilling to address? It is okay to call me regarding your computer issues and if the conversation goes to more pressing matters not related to your computer issues, well, that's okay too. It's all good as far as I'm concerned because it is simply yet another opportunity afforded by Jesus to minister to someone who may or may not know of Him and possibly not know Him personally. This becomes my concern as it should be yours as well.
Please give yourself this opportunity. I will not judge you in any way. I will however work to shed light and help to illuminate the answers you may have been seeking all along but could not bring yourself to the point of accepting the way things are meant to be. Please visit our other site which addresses many issues via experts debating each other over all of the various issues keeping you from the Truth. There you will find many resources to assist you in your relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. (Look2Jesus.com)
God bless you.