And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “Then what are we to do?” And he would answer and say to them, “The one who has two tunics is to share with the one who has none; and the one who has food is to do likewise.” Now even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what are we to do?” And he said to them, “ Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.” And soldiers also were questioning him, saying, “What are we to do, we as well?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone, nor harass anyone, and be content with your wages.” Luke 3:10-14 NASB
I have God-given roles, relationships and responsibilities. You do as well. These “stations” of life, can be the place from which God operates through us. We ought not discard them too quickly, but rather embrace them for the season for His glory. John preached a message of repentance. The people wanted to understand what ‘fruit of repentance’ looked like. He didn’t say overthrow the Roman government or seek a political solution to the problems in the world. he preached personal devotion and holiness to God. IRS agents (tax collectors), police officers, military personnel, are to fulfill their roles in a noble and fair manner that doesn’t take advantage of others with the power we have. This gives testimony that God has transformed our hearts. It opens the door for sharing the gospel.
How am I using the stations I occupy in this life for His glory and gospel?
God, as this day begins, as a father, brother, co-worker, pastor, husband, friend, and more- help me joyfully occupy the stations in life You’ve afforded so that I might deal fairly with others and represent You well. Help me find favor today as I encourage and build up the believers in Bakersfield church.