o get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
When we’re feeling unsure of God’s plan for our life, we can look to our various roles for some guidance—whether it’s our position as a parent, sibling, child, best friend, elder, coworker, or neighbor. These identities remind us of where God has placed us and whom we have a responsibility to love.
Though helpful as guardrails, however, these titles aren’t our highest authority. At times when our various responsibilities seem in conflict, it’s good to remember that the Holy Spirit is our most reliable and true compass. We will know when to step outside our traditional roles only if we’re listening to Him intently. Ultimately, in fact, all that we do, say, and give should be submitted to the Spirit. Then we’ll have peace that we’re where God intended us to be (John 14:26-27).
Our primary identity is child of God, and more than any other, that role should define us and guide our decisions. When it does, and we seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness, Jesus promises everything else will be taken care of (Matt. 6:33)—which includes our family and loved ones.
Think about it
• Think of your most important roles in life. Are these the same areas you consider to be your ministry? Why or why not?