As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. – Ephesians 4:1
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. – Romans 1:16
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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 16:19-20
Ever wondered what you’re supposed to do with your life?
I used to wonder that all the time, especially before my conversion in 2013. It’s become clearer and clearer to me, especially in hindsight, that God has been lovingly piecing things together and laying my steps before me.
Looking for answers in all the wrong places
I used to wander so aimlessly with this skill or interest and seeing if I could stick with learning a little more, and seeing if I might stumble upon the right one…THE one…that was the one I was meant to do the rest of my life. Why couldn’t I find the right job that I would love every single day, and advance my career path at the same time?
Oh, how small-minded I was!
It wasn’t about me at all…but without Him in my life, how could I know any different? I only saw my circumstance, and my mind even forecast my bleak, hopeless future.
My first revelation
With each passing day, I’ve learned that, as a believer, my calling is the highest one of all: to do my part in the Great Commission. To tell my story, to bring the lost to Him, and to do Him glory in EVERY. SINGLE. THING. I. DO. And believe it or not, what a wonderful burden it is that He has lifted from me, so I can serve Him!
I often stumble and fall, but now I have a loving Savior who will patiently, lovingly pick me up and help me back on my path…my mission…to do it all for Him, who gave everything for us!
It’s been said many times before, but it wasn’t about me at all. To an unbeliever, that sounds terrible. But if He isn’t in your life, then things are terrible, indeed. I’ve been there for 40 years, and I can look back at it, knowing I’ll never go back there again, and will do everything I can to bring more out of their aimless wandering in the desert as well.
My second revelation
So I want to share with you a revelation that may also spark something in you as well: every single thing I’ve learned…every skill, every bit of knowledge…and every talent and knack and interest He’s imbued me with…have all converged into an armory He has been piecing together for me to use on a daily basis to glorify Him.
So it’s not all about where I work, or the perfect job or career. It’s about giving my all to Him in all I do, no matter where I do it, or what I am doing. I could move boxes or scrub toilets all day, as long as I do my best for Him.
Since the ‘80s, I’ve been on computers, creating things to communicate and connect with others through images, video, animation, and writing. Over the decades, the tools have changed, but the aim was always the same: to reach out and get people on the same page…to convince, to educate, to inform. Today, many of those tools are on the web, and on mobile devices. The ability to virally reach thousands—or thousands of times THAT!—is staggering. And now, I have a target: the world.
He equipped us for the Great Commission
Neither my testimony—nor yours—was not meant to be bottled up. That fire that burns in our hearts for Christ is a light that should be atop a hill for all to see…for people to want to ask about, and want for themselves as well.
If you actually sat down and cataloged everything you know how to do, and your talents and skills, you’d also be surprised at the amazing armament He’s pieced together for you to get out there and fight the good fight. And if you’ve maybe gotten caught up in your circumstance (I know I often do), I hope this message helps remind you that you are gloriously empowered by Him to be His hands and feet. We were equipped to be life savers. You just have to realize it.
Show everyone in the good times how He provides. Show everyone in the hard times how He carries you when you would otherwise give up. Show everyone His love, even when they may not be loving to you.
Our purpose here on earth is so much higher and loftier than our mere selves…and how amazing it is to be entrusted with a greater purpose that can change hearts and save lives!
It’s amazing…I would never have uttered such words before the summer of 2013. And now, I want to do nothing less than tell everyone those words. I want to tell my story.
THANK YOU for saving me from a sad life of aimless wandering. Thank you for giving me hindsight to appreciate the miracles you have worked in my life, and the the works you have equipped and commissioned me to do, for I now have a GLORIOUS purpose and mission to undertake. What a great adventure! Thank you for the siblings you give me in Christ who can help me in my walk. For what your Son has done for me and my sins, I want to do nothing less than my all to tell His story, and how it has forever changed mine. Please remind me of the amazing armaments you have given me to make you known, and to lift me when my strength fails. I want to show the world how you work through me.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
I really enjoyed this post. The puzzle He is piecing together in each of us is so complex and difficult to articulate because there are so many pieces that to hear another brother or sister in Christ voice the same revelation just brings His truth to animated life.
Remember in Luke 16, when the rich man asked God to send Lazarus to earth to warn his brothers about the torment of Hell and to get them to turn to God? God told him no, I’ve already sent messengers (prophets) and if they don’t listen to them, why would they believe someone returning from the dead?
The point is this – all around us the signs are there that God is speaking his truth through each of us and we have to just be open to hearing, seeing and following his spiritual movie, not the one we live in the flesh each day here on earth at home, work and elsewhere..
My signature slogan – He ain’t jokin around! Andrea
Amen. Each of us can only see pieces of the threads of His larger tapestry!