I was 21, with a promotion on the way. I was going to be a team leader in a call center in Gurgaon. While everything was going well in my life, I heard God calling me to full-time ministry.

Growing up as a pastor’s kid, I dreamt that someday I would get into Bible college and once I get the degree, I too, would serve God. However, I didn’t have enough money to pay for my college tuition fees and not a single sponsor by my side. As I prayed one night, I heard God say, “Start right where you are and with what you already know.” The same week, my pastor offered me a job in the church. I was thrilled because it seemed like the perfect shift into full-time ministry.

And so, without knowing what I was signing up for, I took the job. I was an office assistant in the church office. I was enthusiastic about what God gave me, and each task assigned to me, I gave my very best. Some of my responsibilities included making tea for the pastors, ordering meals when required, ensuring that the office was clean, organising files and documents and setting up on Sunday mornings.

I was content and never considered what others thought about it. Until one night after church, my friends told me that they were embarrassed by the petty job I now had and started questioning what I heard from God about picking this job over my previous one.

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I was discouraged and I cried out to God, but He repeatedly told me to stay right there and take pride in my humble position.

It was during this time that God steered me through the life of David. I realized that David didn’t desire to be the king, God desired that. And, where was David when he was summoned? Serving in obscurity! God appointed him as the right person, for the right job, at the right time. Since God is the one who designed us, we can be certain that he knows the best fit for us to reach our true potential.

If we trust God’s project and design we must also trust his placement. When we embrace our place, we are saying that we trust God to choose the part we play and we don’t need to worry about getting lost in the crowd lost.

God knows our abilities, potential and our faithfulness even when others don’t. God sees your heart, and if God has assigned you to your place, God will call you out when it is time for your promotion!

Content, I continued doing what I was assigned to do. Not knowing what was ahead, I pressed on, I moved forward and I did my best. Time flew by and I didn’t even realize as four years later, I preached my first sermon at the church where I was initially appointed as an office assistant.

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I found my passion to reach out to young lives and started a youth ministry. Now when I look back, undoubtedly, I didn’t waste my time making tea, serving pastors or setting up the church. God trained and transformed me through it.

We need to understand that no one starts at the very top. We must be faithful with the little things. In due time, it is God who promotes. Not our church, not our pastor, boss or leader. Promotion comes from God alone.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” -James 4:10

Manohar Paul is the Cultural Liaison for Global Outreach Developments, India. He is passionate about introducing young lives to Jesus. He pastors a church devoted to the youth in Gurgaon, where he lives with his beautiful wife, Sneha. Amongst other things, he enjoys coffee, travel and photography.

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