Daily Devotional for Tuesday October 24, 2017


Matthew 5:16 (NASB) Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.


If I counted all of them, there would be 25 in total. I’m referring to the number of jobs I have had in my life up to this point. I started out helping Dad with the family business. Then I cut grass at the school I attended, went to work for a florist for a while, even spent the day as a plumber’s assistant. I have never been fired and always quit to move onto something that either paid better or seemed to fit better. I look back on them now and realize that each job taught me different things about life. The florist – to enjoy the beauty of a rose; the plumber’s assistant – that I didn’t want to dig ditches all day long. The fire department – learned the value of human life, and as a director for Men’s Ministry, I learned just how much men are hurting and seem generally lost in what God is calling them to do. We sometimes settle for an occupation because it pays the bills, but deep inside we are miserable about going to work. I would never tell anyone to quit their job, but I believe that when you find that place that God is calling you to, where it’s more than a job or occupation, you find a certain peace about going day after day. Although men’s ministry is exhausting with travel, phone calls, speaking engagements, and so much more, I find at the end of the day that I have a joy and peace about what I do. So, if you find yourself in a place where you’re not sure if this is where you should be, why not take the test drive on another occupation that might not bring as much cash into your pocket, but will bring the peace in your heart. That is more pay than you will ever need. Where is He calling you to be? 


• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

• Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.


TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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