My mentor Pst. Oscar of Nairobi Chapel used to say, “God loves you and everyone else has a wonderful plan for your life”. What he was saying is this: if you do not know who you are and where you’re going, other people will set the agenda for you, determining your values and use of time.
Daniel 1:6-7 talks about how the king attempted to set the agenda for Daniel and his friends. By changing their Jewish names to names that honored Babylonian gods, he wanted to help them forget their identity and take on a new identity that would help fulfill his purposes. The indoctrination and privileges that accompanied the name changes would also aid in this mission.
Whether I recognize it or not, the workplace and the people around me have an agenda for me. If I do not know who God created me to be and what His assignment for me here is, others will determine what I am about. And unlike Jesus who clearly knew what he was about, avoided distraction and said ‘it is finished’ at the end of his life, I will instead say ‘I am finished’ as I realize I ran someone else’s race! Basically, I can allow the agenda of the world to define me, or I can – knowing who I am – define the agenda for my world.
Lord, please help me see clearly what my assignment at work is. Help me to avoid being defined by others expectations, to set the agenda and to run the race that You have marked out for me. And at the end of my assignment here, to have finished the work that You put me here for. AMEN
- Daniel (God is my judge) changed to Belteshazzar (Bel’s prince).
- Hannaniah (Beloved by the Lord) changed to Shadrach (Illumined by Sun-god).
- Mishael (Who is as God) changed to Meshach (Who is like Venus).
- Azariah (The Lord is my help) changed to Abed-Nego(Servant of Nego).