Strategically Placed

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” 2 Corinthians 5:20

God always has His followers perfectly positioned to accomplish His work. I was reminded of this recently when I saw a woman interviewed on TV relative to one of the new laws passed to restrict abortions. This woman was wonderfully articulate and full of life. She said that years ago, when her mother was pregnant with her, she planned to have an abortion.

Her mom was waiting at a Planned Parenthood facility to undergo the abortion procedure. While she was waiting a janitor who happened to be working in the building asked her why she was there. During their brief conversation he encouraged her to have the baby and to not go through with her plans to have an abortion. She left the center before they called her in. She listened to the janitor’s advice and had the baby who grew up to be the woman I saw interviewed on TV. Thanks to the advice of that janitor, this woman was born, she was named, and she was counted as a person—and she’s making a difference in the world today.

That janitor. I don’t know his name, but he was a strategically placed ambassador of Christ. Only time will tell the full impact of the difference he made. He didn’t hold a position of prominence or prestige. He was not a power broker—not by the world’s standards. But he was a difference maker in the kingdom of God; he was storing up treasure in heaven, and his faithful witness was making an eternal difference.

The Bible is filled with examples of God strategically positioning His followers to accomplish His purposes. Read the stories of Joseph, Daniel, Esther, and Philip for example. They were all living in difficult circumstances, but they grew where they were planted and were used mightily by God.

Ask God to strategically position you to make an eternal difference.

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church