Live for the Glory of God
[Photo: What are your hobbies?]
Recently Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio talked to Andrew Scott, the leader of Operation Mobilization USA, a ministry that takes the Good News of Jesus to places where people have never heard it. You can read part of the interview below.
(Source; VOM Radio, edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness.)
Todd: We are talking this week on Voice of the Martyrs Radio with Andrew Scott. He is the leader of Operation Mobilization USA. Andrew, what is your message for American Christians? What are the things American Christians need to hear and understand about missions?
Andrew: Our purpose is to live our lives for the glory of God, in everything we do. We are uniquely shaped to do that in many different ways, whether we are a doctor, engineer, a father, brother, a mother, a neighbor, hairdresser, or an electrician. There are many roles in life. Through those roles, we get to fulfill our purpose, which is to reflect the Father in everything we do.
I would say the mission of God is something you are made for. So, as the people of God today, let’s start living out all of our life for the glory of God, making Him known wherever we are. Then are there other places in the world where you can go and do what you are made for? If you are an engineer why not be an engineer in Riyadh [Saudi Arabia]? Why not be a doctor in the Near East for the glory of God? You can go do that because that is what you are made for.
I believe that you have a unique set of passions different from mine, and we all have a unique set of passions. Through Christ we are a new creation. All these things have been brought back to the place where they can be redeemed and restored and used for the glory of God. The Apostle Paul says whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. (See 1 Corinthians 10:31.)
Todd: How does this work with hobbies and things like that?
Andrew: When you are on the soccer field or when you are out sailing — whatever it is you are passionate about — can people see in your life something different? Paul and Peter both say that even though people may accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your good deeds, and they will glorify God. (See 1 Peter 2:12 and Matthew 5:16.)
To Talk About
*What are your hobbies? What are some of the ways you can glorify God while enjoying your hobbies? Ask God to help you make Him known wherever you are.
*What is one job you might want to do when you are an adult? Could you do that in more than one location? Could you do that job in other countries?