Tuesday, September 22, 2009

God's Call on Our Lives

Today I want to share about God's call on our lives.  What I mean by "call" is simply what field He is asking us to serve in. It could be in the finance industry, the medical profession, or whatever other field you could think of. For us, it's full-time vocational Christian ministry. And more specifically, it's full-time vocational Christian ministry with Student Venture, the high school ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.
"The call of God is not always convenient, but it is always correct." - Darryl Smith, National Director of Student Venture
This doesn't seem to be the mindset of many Christians today. People are throwing out the words "surrender", "count the cost", "lose your life" and substituting things such as "what's the best fit?", "is it a win-win?", "are you wired for that?" Moses wasn't "best fit" for speaking to Pharaoh was he? Jesus came from heaven to earth...how is that a win-win? There seems to be way too much focus on someone's giftedness and where they will be "most effective" in ministry (not just full time ministry, all Christians have a ministry!). What really matters is what is God calling you to do. When God speaks, you can weigh the pros and cons but ultimately we are to follow what side God's voice falls on, whether or not if it seems to be the "best fit" for a person.  And don't misread me, this is not to shame someone that's doing something that IS the best fit for them and it DOES perfectly line up with their gifts and talents but rather this shifts the foundation of our decisions away from ourselves and onto the God who gave us those gifts and talents.

I'm writing this to motivate you to seek God and His will. The reason this doesn't sit well with some people is because it's God's will that we pick up our cross daily and follow Him. No one is standing in the line where Jesus is passing out the crosses but rather we are in line to get the loaves of bread and fish. No one wants to pick up the cross (hello, including me) because when you pick up the cross, along with it comes pain, rejection, ridicule, and being misunderstood. The call of God is not always convenient, but it is always correct.

We must turn from our tendency to rely on the logical decision and put our faith in the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. This does not mean that God cannot call us to something that is "logical" but it does mean that logic and reason won't always lead you the right way. As it turns out, logic and reason are very poor gods.

God does not use a Christian "cookie cutter". What we learn from what God called Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David and many others to do is that there is not a one size fits all. We learn that God calls people to do all sorts of things. Maybe it will be like Samuel, God will have to call you three times and then have someone else say, "Hey, that's God talking to you." Or maybe, it will be like David and you'll just get picked up and moved to where you should be. Perhaps, you'll see a flash from Heaven and hear "I am Jesus, do this..." as Paul did. There's no one way this is going to happen.

Again, in no way am I saying to throw logic and reason out the window. I'm simply saying, seek God and His will for your life. This is not about your ability to effectively seek God, study His Word and discern His will, rather this is about trusting in the faithfulness of the Creator of the universe, who loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life, to communicate His will to you.

As Christians, we all have the same job description, "Walk with God, do what He tells you to do."

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