Ever since I was a young boy I was always being told that God had a great calling on my life. No one ever told me what that calling was exactly but I believed it to be true. Who doesn’t what to be special? Who doesn’t want to be picked for the team you know will win? I wanted to believe that God was going to use me to do great things.
I would envision myself filling stadiums like Billy Graham and preaching the gospel to thousands upon thousands. Traveling the world and saving souls for Jesus. Fun, right?
I no longer envision those things for myself. If God wants that from me He will make it happen when He wants it to if He wants it to. The problem with those daydreams of mine was, well, me. I was the focus. I was the one getting the glory. In those daydreams I was the Rockstar and not Jesus. But more on that later.
To be called and what we are called to do is, I would venture to guess, a major question in Christianity. Most people I talk to say they never got the call from God. They never felt God pulling them in a direction in which to follow and serve Him so they continue to be church pew christians. Come on Sunday, etc, but never go any further. What C.H. Spurgeon called the Minimal Christian.
Some of these same people will go on to talk about how the homeless need to he fed and housed. Addicts need to be helped. Youth need to be guided and shown The Way and a very wide variety of problems in society that need to be addressed by “someone”. Maybe a Pastor or missionary. They think evangelists are great and need to bring people to Christ. I agree with all of that but there is an issue here. Every single christian is called. Maybe not to be a Pastor or Missionary or an full time Evangelist but to do and to serve nonetheless. Lets look into this.
Judges 6:12-14 Then the Angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon and said:”The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” Gideon said to Him,” Please Sir, if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened? And where are all His wonders that our fathers told us about? They said, ‘Hasn’t the LORD brought us out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to Midian.” The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not sending you?”
There is something really special happening here. The Angel of God says, “Am i not sending you”,right after Gideon goes on a rant about how God has abandoned him and his people. “You don’t like what you see Gideon? You see a need Gideon? Go and do something about it”. Gideon is fully aware if his own weakness. He later says he is the youngest son in the weakest family of his tribe. Our God loves to use the weak over the strong any day of the week. The weaker the better so when they attain victory in whatever they are doing all the boasting and glory goes right where it belongs. To God.
Now I know Gideon recieved a direct visit from the Angel of God, whom many believe to be Jesus, to get his call. What God says to Gideon is applicable to us as well but we will visit some other passages so I can be clear on the fact we are all called to serve. I will shotgun some passages out there and then deal with them one after another.
Matthew 28:19-20 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Matthew 25:31-39 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will seperate them one from another, just as a sheperd seperates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry
And you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty
And you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger and you took Me in;
I was naked and you clothed Me;
I was sick and you took care of Me;
I was in prison and you visited Me.’
Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take you in, or without clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?’
And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.”
If you are someone who professes Jesus as Lord and Savior then you are His disciple. Maybe you’re not an active disciple but you are one nonetheless and it is a wonderful thing to be His disciple. As a disciple of Jesus we are commanded to go and make more disciples, hence the great commision in Matthew 28. This is something we are all called to be and to produce more of. To be a disciple is to learn to observe and obey all Jesus taught and lived. It is to seek to intimately know Him who saved us and called us. It is to live, not for ourselves, but for Him and through Him so we can being Him glory and be used to save others.
There can be no dodging this calling. You can either ignore it or accept it with all your heart.
I love the scripture in Matthew 25 and I will explain why. Earlier i talked about how I imagined great things for myself in my calling. Jesus is treaching me to redefine greatness. We live in a culture, even church culture, where numbers and scale are the measuring tools for greatness and success. Why? Because that is how the world measures greatness. By largesse. But scripture tells us what is highly valued among men is an abomination to Him. In Matthew 25, the parable of the sheep and goats, we see what greatness really is.
The secret and silent act of giving a hungry person some food is greatness in the eyes of Jesus. Visiting someone who is sick is greatness in the eyes of Jesus. Spending time with a lonely widow or widower is amazing in the eyes of Jesus. A husband forgiving his wife and loving her after an argument is of value to Jesus. Being there for an addict when they feel like they may relapse. Being kind and tender to an addict during the relapse. Being present for someone grieving and maybe not speaking a word. There are so many small things that are so grand, so beautiful. These are the miracles we should seek. The small acts of supernatural love. Jesus loving us and through us. All these and a vast number of other small acts of love, kindness, tenderness and grace are the acts that Jesus rejoices in when He sees us do them. When we let Him do these things through us. And notice how He equates the value of the “least” of His brothers with equal value of Himself. What magnifecnt love!
To some people, you are the only Jesus they will ever see. Hear the call. Be courageous and pursue your calling in whatver forms it takes and I can promise you, you will encounter Jesus and grow to know Him more.
Love you. Seek the face of Jesus always. Treasure what He treasures.