This is the first in a three-part series that will explore how we identify our calling and begin to live it out.
People want to be destined for something great. We want to be part of something larger than ourselves.
We want to be called
But what if we’re missing the point? What if by waiting on our calling, we’re missing our commandment?
This is one of the great paradoxes of the Christian faith.
We want to know what God has called us to do. How He has gifted us. Who we’re supposed to serve. Where we’re supposed to serve them.
But…hasn’t he already told us that?
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matt. 28:19-20
He didn’t say please. He said go.
He has commanded us to go and make disciples among all the nations.
One of the great mysteries is that we think each person’s mission is different and unique. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Each person’s adventure and journey are unique. But the mission is the same. Regardless of age, status, gender, or job.
The mission is to make disciples all over the world and teach them to obey everything God has commanded them.
I’m a manager of a quality department for my company. You may be an accountant or a school teacher. But our mission is one in the same. We have both been called to reach the world for Christ. The only difference is the how.
We can take our positions, our gifts, and our passions and create a lifeline to other people. Tomorrow’s post will go into more detail on this.
We’ve all been given the same plan
This was a huge turning point for me. I always wanted to know the why and how for my life. But what I realized is that by spending all my time asking those questions I was absolving myself of the responsibility of actually doing anything for God.
I wasn’t on an epic spiritual journey; I was being apathetic.
I don’t want to make any judgments about you and your life, but this is how I was feeling when I really started reflecting on this.
Are you waiting on a calling or do you feel commanded?
This is a tough question to ask yourself. Waiting on a calling sounds so passive. And it kind of is. How would it be different if, instead of waiting on a calling for our lives, we felt commanded to get some skin in the game? If we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt what God had commanded for our lives?
I think we would react quite a bit differently. I know I would.
Does this change how you look at your life?
I would love to hear from you in the comments.