Not Every Soldier Can Be A General

Not all may occupy positions of prominence; yet all may fill positions of usefulness and trust, and may, by their persevering fidelity, do far more good than they have any idea that they can do. – Gospel Workers, p 282.

One of the great dangers in life is estimating our value by our location on the ladder of work in society.  Some can become bitter because they don’t see the work they do as important because they are “just a worker bee.”  Some might hold work positions that society doesn’t glorify, and have a difficult time gathering self-respect from the work they do.

In life it’s important to remember that not every soldier can be a general.  There are only so many positions of prominence to fill.  If you haven’t been the recipient of opportunity that others have, there is still work for you to do.  The strength of the army is in the individual soldiers.

Often in our work we suffer from myopia.  We are so close to what we are doing, that we don’t see the effects of it.  Consider a mother that stays at home to raise her children instead of working.  Society has seemingly removed this from an honorable occupation in the minds of many, and has caused it to be viewed as a less valuable enterprise than if the woman were working at a ‘meaningful’ job pursuing professional accomplishments outside the home.  Yet raising children in a healthy manner in the fear of the Lord is a high and valuable missionary calling, and will yield fruit only seen in heaven (of course in some families working outside the home is necessary).  This mother, though possibly looked down on by her friends, does more good than she knows.

The value of men and women is not to be estimated by the class of labor they perform. It is fixed by Him who paid the price for every soul. – Gospel Workers, p 282.

Our value as human beings comes from the price God paid for us to redeem us.  It’s easy for us to look around in society and say that person or that person is more valuable to society, but that’s not the way God sees us.  God sees each of us as worth the price of himself.  We are of equal value as humans and Christians.

This mindset allows us to view the work we do as meaningful.  Whether we are a student or a worker, a mother or an executive, we should see our work as making a difference.  By being diligent at what we do, we can positively affect the world, and represent Christ positively by our work.

Philippians 4:11-13 – Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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