Do you ever think about this? Does the thought ever cross your mind that God may have something bigger for you to do than what you may be doing right now?
- Is there a purpose?
- Is there a plan?
- What I am here for?
I think most people (Christian and unbelievers alike) have asked themselves these questions. Many adults that have degrees and careers still find themselves asking these questions.
- We want to matter.
- We want to belong.
- We want to make an impact.
- We want to leave a legacy.
- We want the world to be a better place because we are in it.
Sure, this is not lunch discussion material with classmates or work associates. Most spouses do not even like to get this deep in their conversations. These questions go to the core of who we are – the dreams that live within us. We all want to know that we are not the byproduct of a cosmic mishap or just the next generation of the evolutionary process. We want to know the answers to the questions and each of the questions seem to start with “Why”.
I want to take a brief look at the subject of the call of God in this message. From reading the Bible, I believe that each of us were designed by God and purposed by God. Our destinies are each different. Our assignments are unique and our lives will go in a multitude of different directions. God, however, has a plan for you.
We cannot be thorough or exhaustive on this subject, but we will be biblical on this subject. Many men and women of God have tried to explain the plan and purpose of God to the body of Christ. Saying that we know the plan and purpose of God for our lives is almost like saying that we have a map to the universe. Our perception and plan will always be incomplete. It does not mean that the portion that we know is incorrect; it simply means that there are many things as finite beings that we cannot know of the infinite God.
What is the will of God for your life?
Wow. That is a big question isn’t it?
I believe the will of God for our lives is the same. God wants us to come to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, live a holy and righteous life and spend eternity with Him.
I believe the will of God in our lives in manifested uniquely. Each of us is here for a reason. There is only one you and one me. I cannot fulfill the plan that God has for your life just as you cannot fulfill the plan that God has for my life.
- Some say the key to finding your purpose is discovering that which unlocks your passion or unlocks your compassion.
- Some say that there is no way of knowing for sure that you must live the best you can and look for signs along with road.
- Some say you have no clear purpose and will only be judged by your intentions.
As I read the Bible I find men and women who received a specific call from God in their lives that clearly spelled out their purpose and destiny.
- John the Baptist
- Simon Peter, Andrew , James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon (the zealot) & Judas Iscariot
There were also those who did great things for the Lord that we can find no grandiose moment that put them on the right path.
- Priscilla & Aquila
Sometimes the heavens open, the voice of the Lord is heard and people are even knocked to the ground. Sometimes prayer and fasting takes places and words of prophecy are spoken concerning the plan and purpose of God. Sometimes a divine desire is deposited within your spirit by the Holy Spirit. Each one of us is communicated to in a different manner. God will speak to you in a way that you will know it is Him.
I know without a doubt that your life should be part of fulfilling the great commission. There is not a believer on the planet that is exempt from this call. It is uniform in its delivery to the body of Christ even though our roll in fulfilling it will vary.
Let’s refresh ourselves with the call of God:
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” (Mark 16:15-18)
You may be working in any profession known to man but if you are a member of the body of Christ the Great Commission is the will of God for your life.
- Being an intercessor does not exempt you from sharing your faith with the lost
- Being a music minister, praise team member or choir member does not exempt you from sharing your faith with the lost
- Donating to foreign and domestic mission efforts does not exempt you from sharing your faith with the lost.
Whether we like it or not – there are people in your sphere of influence that you are uniquely positioned to reach with the love, life and message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This, above all other things, is the will of God for your life.
Winning souls for Christ is at the heart of your divine purpose.
That purpose may be realized as a:
- Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor or Teacher
- Deacon, Elder, Bishop
- Coach or Teacher
- Professional Athlete
- Actor or Musician
- Accountant or Attorney
- Public or Civil Servant
- Sales Person
- Doctor, Dentist or Nurse
You may work as a customer service representative in a call center. You may be a construction worker. You may be a police officer. You may drive a truck from coast to coast. God can and will use you where you are today.
Does this mean that you will remain where you are? Only God knows this answer.
The key to fulfilling the call of God in your life is surrendering to His will. Surrender may also be said like this:
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)
You will find that many times the things that God asks you to do involve surrender or involve the cross. You don’t wake up one day and decide to be an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher any more than you woke up one morning and decided to become a Christian. God alone calls us and makes us into what He wants us to be.
You have been called. You have been called to follow Jesus Christ. If you have answered the call to follow Jesus Christ then you have also been called to share the love, life and message of Jesus Christ with others. The manner in which God will have you do that is unknown to me.
The call of God will be manifested in your life as you obey Him. Your study of the Word, your prayer life, your service to others and your willingness to surrender more of your life to Him will determine how quickly His will, plan and purpose develop in your life.
Many preachers have used this example but it bears repeating. The children of Israel died in the wilderness and never inherited the Promised Land because they did not obey the Lord. Scholars tell us that journey should have taken them less than one month and yet they spent 40 years circling Mt. Sinai. Our willingness to surrender determines whether we are going to cross the Jordan and if we have to take another lap.
You have been called. God has a plan for you and it is unique to you.
- John the Baptist had a 6 month ministry that began at age 30
- Jesus Christ had a 3 ½ year ministry that began at age 30
- Moses had a 40 year ministry that began at age 80
- Esther’s impact on society happened in one conversation with her husband the king.
- Ezra & Nehemiah oversaw building projects
- Ezekiel was charged with divine performance art
- Hosea was asked to marry a prostitute
- David was a songwriting warrior
Men and women of God throughout the scriptures came from all arenas of life:
- Peter was a fisherman
- Matthew was a tax collector
- Luke was a doctor
- Paul was a scholar
- Lydia was a fashion designer
- Joshua was an executive assistant
- Daniel was a genius
- Amos was a shepherd
- Nicodemus was in public office
- Priscilla & Aquila were tent makers
- Jesus was a carpenter
It does not matter what you are at this moment. God wants to use you for His kingdom. My question to you is, “are you willing?”
You may have a ministry that spans decades or a moment in time that changes the course of a life or nation. Your life is important to God. Please surrender your will to His so that He may use you to establish His kingdom in the earth today.