The Line

Vision | Devotion #6: The Line
Brett Eberle

“And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’” Genesis 28:12-15

Working for the River Church is probably the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. The pace that we keep is nothing short of insanity, but I love it. In fact, I thrive on it. One of the hardest parts of working for the Church is finding the line between whether what I am doing is my job or my ministry. I constantly find myself seeking counsel with pastors and friends in an attempt to find that line, and I think the clearest answer that I have found is in a passage describing the dream Jacob had.

First thing first, we are going to jump to the end of the passage where Jacob tells us that he is going to give a tenth of everything that God has given him back to God. Genesis 28:22 says, “And this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.” We see examples of this scattered throughout the Bible starting with Cain and Abel back at the beginning of the Bible. One of the first things that I had to realize to find the line between work and ministry was that everything I have is given to me by God and I need to give that piece back, or everything that I do whether for work or ministry will feel like I am doing it for the paycheck. 

The other thing that I found in this passage that was made clearer to me was a few verses earlier. Just before Jacob wakes up in verse 15, God tells Jacob that He will keep him and go with him wherever he goes. In plain English, God tells Jacob, “I got you,” and He says that He is not leaving until He does all that He has promised. This verse is how I found the line and my breaking point. All I had to realize is that God has me. He does not just have me; He has all of us. As far as figuring out when I will stop, well God said He is not leaving until He has done what He has promised. The last time I checked, He promised that He is returning one day. So that means that I will stop when one of two things happens: God comes back, or I die and get to be in Heaven. But until that happens, I am going to push as hard as I physically can to further the Kingdom of God.

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