Not everyone will be called to formal ministry like Elijah, but many will be called to serve like Obadiah. Elijah’s ministry was more public and confrontational; Obadiah worked quietly behind the scenes, and yet, he was faithful in the sphere where God placed him.
Obadiah was like the man or woman working for an unbelieving boss. How should you work in such an environment? Obadiah teaches us to do good work (cf. Col. 3:23-24). He was elevated to his position because he apparently did a good job.
Obadiah also illustrates how one should use their influence and resources. Obadiah had access to provisions and made them available to these persecuted prophets. Those who work in professions that allow them to receive good salaries and benefits should consider how to use such blessings to advance the kingdom. One might object, claiming that Obadiah was being deceitful, but nothing in the text says he lied or did anything unethical. He knew about suffering believers, and he used what he had to provide for them.
Finally, Obadiah teaches us to be courageous. He ultimately followed Elijah’s instructions at great risk to his own life. The lesson here is that if you are ever in a position where it’s either obedience to God or obedience to man, choose God—even if it might cost you your job or your life (cf. Acts 5:29).
How does Obadiah’s life set an example for you to be faithful in your public vocation?