This month’s Bits from the Branches included a story that blessed me so much—it reminded me for the bazillionth time that God’s ideas of success are so different from those of the blaring, boasting world that does not know Him.
Last year Benjamin prayed with Attila, one of our Budapest missionaries, to receive the Lord. Within a few weeks of being born again, Benjamin got a cleaning job in a psychiatric hospital. Whenever he can, Benjamin reads the Bible with patients and prays for them. There are areas in the hospital that no pastors or ministers are allowed to enter, but because Benjamin is expected to keep these areas clean, he can minister God’s love and His Word in these places.
I don’t know how many parents would hope for their children to one day secure a job cleaning a hospital, psychiatric or otherwise. I do know that Benjamin’s Heavenly Father is proud of him. I think of men and women who take jobs others might be too proud to do, and in taking them, they beautify these jobs and make them glorious occasions to minister God’s love and His Good News.
What does success mean to you? I think it is a matter of surrendering all that we have and all that we do to God, that He might make who we are and what we do successful in reflecting who He is and what He does. That means someone who scrubs toilets has just as much opportunity to be successful as someone who performs brain surgery. Does that change how you see yourself, and how you see other people?
This Thanksgiving, wouldn’t it be great to focus on gratitude for people and services that the world takes for granted? And if you are a person who performs such services, and you serve through the power and to the glory of God, may you bask in the joy of knowing that you are successful as God counts success!
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Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness." Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She writes and edits quite a few of our evangelistic resources, including many broadside tracts. One of her favorites is, "Who Needs Politics." Ruth also helps other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, click here. Or click here for a video desription of the biography. For the inside story and "extras" about the book, check out our Called to Controversy Facebook page. Ruth also writes shorter "faith journey" stories in books like Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician as well as in booklets like From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home, which you can download for free here. She edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and RealTime for Christians who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys writing fiction and playing with her dog, Annie, whom she "rescued" from a shelter. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues." You can follow Ruth Rosen on facebook or as RuthARosen on twitter.