A New Chapter

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: Fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverebs 3:5-7

My dad has often said there is no true retirement in this life because there is always work to do. God does not call us to live secluded on the beach apart from everyone and sail off into life’s sunset, but He calls us to do work for Him no matter what that might be. Even in a bedridden state, we can pray and give praise to the One who is the provider of all things. I work in the Gideon Ministry and there are those who are retired from their day jobs, but are quite active in the work of the Lord. My dad retired several years ago from his 9-5 job, but he is still quite active in ministry work and he still finds himself on several consulting jobs a year. God calls us to work until He calls us home and there is no sedentary life for the Christian.

God had been working in the life of Rebekah, and He called her to a different task than her usual 9-5 job. She had been at her employer for 27 years, the only one she had known throughout her adult life. She was at this employer throughout our entire marriage, three kids, and countless life milestones over the years. She was listening to a message preached during our annual missions conference at church when God really started to put a burden on her heart that did not fade away. The conviction she felt required action and she knew what she needed to do. God had placed on her heart to go into full-time Christian ministry in the area of biblical counseling. She was not doing this as a means to make money, but rather as an opportunity to serve others and walk in obedience to what God had called her to.

She left a job that paid her well, but no one pays as well as our Heavenly Father as He is a debtor to no man. I was a bit concerned at the time, and I only asked that she be ready for the next step before she left her job. Rebekah had already been counseling some, but this was getting to be quite the task as she tried to juggle a full-time job and counseling appointments. I know there are several ladies who will attest to Rebekah’s godly concern for them as well as her godly counsel. We can offer nothing to our fellow man if it is not rooted and based on the Word of God. God has used Rebekah as she has counseled others, but I know she will be able to have a broader impact as she will have more time to dedicate to what God has called her to. You can see God’s guidance through the years to get her to this point as He has used the gifts He has given her to reach others.

We are told in Hebrews that without faith it is impossible to please God, and we have taken a step of faith in obedience to God. God does not promise to cast a spotlight on all the next steps, but He does promise to be a light unto our path. The above verses are her dad’s life verses, and she is following in his footsteps as he took steps of faith to come with his family to the Phoenix Valley to start a church in 1978. Counseling is a great need in our society, and even more so the need for biblical counseling. I know God will use Rebekah in her new role as a biblical counselor as He has already used her in the lives of others. The Holy Spirit will change a life for all eternity, and His most-used method is God’s Word.

What is God calling you to do? Do you need to step out by faith? Have you retired from your vocation and also from ministry work? Have you sat down on the sidelines in the Christian race or are you looking to empty the tank as you near the sunset of your life? The years of our life are a gift from God, and He requires that we stay busy in His work. Will you ask God what He will have you to do? Will you obey His call on your life? May we not simply saunter in the race of life, but may we stay active for God and live in obedience to complete the work He has called us to.

Stay in the Fight!

1 Comments

  1. Marta Moreno on 05/14/2024 at 8:35 am

    Faith is the vitamin that makes all we take from the Bible digestible and make us able to receive it and assimilate it. If we do not have faith, we cannot get anything. A.W. Tozer

    To God be the glory!

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