Who am I called to be?
Where will we be, where is God leading us?
This week we are looking at our future. Where will we be, what job will we be doing, where is God leading us to? For a lot of Christians we can spend so much time and thought into what God wants us to be doing in the future, praying and working out the perfect job that God will have for us and that He wants for us. This, to a degree, is important and certainly is something we need to be open to God about and also proactive about. Vocation is really important for us as Christians, and sometimes it can be scary as we move into adult life. See Jo’s blog to look at her experience with this.
However, what I really want to point out is the difference between doing and being. Do we allow what we are supposed to be ‘doing’ to take priority over how God calls us to literally be and act?
The Bible, and thus God, is much more concerned with who we are as individual children of Him, how we conduct ourselves and how we live as continuous worship to Him rather than what our 9 till 5 is.
So what does the bible say about our inherent ‘being’?
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship"
God is much more concerned with who we are as His children, rather than what our 9 till 5 is
We are called to be a living sacrifice to God. Nothing is about us, it is all about us being worship to God. The decisions we make, the things we choose to do should all come from a place of worship to God. If we start to try and make God work around our plans for the future and our own aspirations, we risk starting to make ourselves god in our lives, thus defeating the whole point. The Bible calls us to love God, love our neighbour, share the Gospel... all as worship to God. It’s a case of being who God calls you to be in the places He calls you to go and not vice versa.
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
1 Peter 5:6-7
We are called to be a humble people. This verse speaks of God’s timing and only emphasises the need for our trust in that, not leaning on our own strength but on His. But not only that, God promises to exalt us, when the time is right. God will use us and God will bless us in due course, therefore why worry? When the sovereign God of all creation has hatched His perfect plan, just go with it. Be who you are called to be and serve Christ in all humility.
I have often worried about what I should be doing in life, and what the perfect career is for me. But does it distract us?
I have often worried about what I should be doing in life, and what the perfect career is for me. It’s something which consumes our thoughts and our time. But does it distract us from our raison d’etre? Do we sometimes forget the core principals by which we should be living as Christians? I speak for myself and say, yes absolutely. It’s only when I come to the Father in confession and repentance, and when I gaze upon the cross, that I am forced back into submission of the wonders God has done for us and when I am put back in my place as a mere mortal.
It’s incredible the places God leads us into and the impact we can have on others, both Christian and non-Christian. Whether it be jetting across the world for missionary work or working in your local community at the pub, who is to say that one is more important than the other, or that one will have a higher impact than the other? We are called to reach people with the Gospel and to transmit God’s love to all. Paul quite clearly writes in Ephesians that there is no segregation between Jew and Gentile as all are in need of Grace. And remember, this is a man who, despite having written most of the New Testament, was for his day-to-day job a tent maker. That really puts it into perspective for us.
So if you are at that point where you’re getting frustrated, confused about what you should be doing with your life, just chill. And focus on how you can serve God now. Maybe you’re very certain about exactly where God is taking you, that’s great too. But let us not forget the point to our existence. We are mere mortals, acting as vessels for God's Kingdom called to take on a child like faith. Let God do the work through you, let your foundation be based on grace and grace alone.