“I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ. That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you. (1 Cor. 1:4-6)
From The Christian Life in the Danger Zone
In Paul’s message to the many Christian converts in the churches he founded across the Greco-Roman world in the first century, nowhere and at no time does Paul instruct these Christians to “pull up stakes,” gather up their belongings, and to “hit the road” as missionary evangelists in imitation of his own unique calling of God. Except for those very few who were called-out to join Paul for some portion of his missionary travels, and those in the future who might be called to the mission field, it was expected that these Christians in Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, and Thessalonica would carry on in their professions and trades in the commendable “occupy til I come” mode.
The fruits of the Spirit as enumerated by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…have no connection to some special once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to a sacred mountain or some holy shrine. They are obtained by Christians through daily walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:25). This we can do right where we find ourselves, through prayer, Bible study, listening to God, and stepping out in obedience to His voice…none of which necessarily requires going anywhere special or doing anything grandiose through self-energized good works.
In other words, we do not have to have a spectacular calling and a renowned ministry to please God. All of the things that are typically considered commendable and admirable…financially supporting our families, performing at our best at work, investing time in our marriages, raising our children with wisdom, love, and patience, being a good friend, and setting an example to the world of what a Christian man or woman of God ought to be, amongst several other similar things, are all endeavors which without question or controversy please God and make Him proud of us.
Having that said, the biblical reality is that Jesus rejected the subtly counterfeit offer tendered by Satan of all of the kingdoms, wealth, and glory of the world, in the temptation in the wilderness, because these things already belonged to Jesus. Jesus is the singularly unique “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The prince of Peace”…of Isaiah 9:6, even though He is found in the form of a humble carpenter from Nazareth without any world-sanctioned pedigree to His credit. The life-script composed by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit for Jesus to be the humble Lamb of God sacrifice for the sins of the world is so far above the inconsequential offer of Satan to try to tempt Jesus with the temporary allure of the riches of this world, that if this offer was not presented with the intention of such universal collateral damage to the human race in mind, fueled by the most deadly malice, it would be almost laughable.