Thomas Guthrie: Hold your post

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“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27

“If the world is ever conquered for our Lord, it is not by ministers, nor by office-bearers, nor by the great, and noble and mighty, but by every member of Christ’s body being a working member; doing his work; filling his own sphere; holding his own post; and saying to Jesus, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?”

Thomas Guthrie in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, compiled by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert (New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1895) 128.

The first snowstorm of the year greatly delayed my departure (5 hours) from Denver to Chicago to Frankfurt, so, thankfully, United Airlines re-routed me on the direct (and more expensive) flight to Frankfurt from Denver at no extra charge. Thanks to God and United Airlines I am safely in Germany.

I am en route to Dubai. Yes, Dubai is home to Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (pictured above back in May 2019). You may recall this huge building in the “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” movie. The GTP board (12), regional facilitators (12), and staff (4) will convene in Dubai shortly.

We are a group of ordinary people—lawyers, accountants, ministry administrators, and business professionals—who serve an extraordinary God. We are 28 men and women from 15 countries. Our focus is not so much to conquer the world though. We gather, largely speaking, to encourage each other to hold our posts and do our part in the regions of the world.

We claim territory for God by taking the “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” posture each and every day and by calling others to the faithful administration of God’s work. In this light, our generosity is deeply Christian. It’s “deeply Christian” because we are all doing our part as members of the body of Christ.

So, whether you are in Dubai, Delhi, Daegu, or Denver, hold your post. Not one of us is more important than the other. Need inspiration to stand fast? Read 1 Corinthians 12 to remind yourself that everyone matters. Or read Nehemiah 3 and discover how rebuilding projects require each one to do their part.