This weekend, one of our pastors gave a sermon on calling, specifically within the context of being single. There was one key point that was really important that he made, that being: You must be passionate about your faith and the things that God has called us to do.
Do we see our faith as merely something we do on Sundays (at best a lame hobby, at worst an obligation)? Because there are cooler hobbies than Christianity.
Like stamp collecting.
Instead, what if we saw our faith as it truly is: a divine gift from God, who calls us according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 b); who “are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10)?
Would it change anything about our lives?
For those of us who work, what if we saw our jobs as the work God prepared for us?
For students, what if we saw school as our calling?
For parents, and mothers in particular, what if we saw raising our children as the good work that God has called us to?
Would our lives look any different than they do right now? Would our desires be any different?
I hope so. I don’t always appreciate that God has given me a great family, an excellent job, and a somewhat flourishing ministry. My wife and I are in the difficult position of being the only Christians in our families, and we’re trying to end the destructive patterns and behaviours that would otherwise have been our legacy. I have a job I never thought I’d have or even want, working at Compassion. I have a terrific small group that gives me the freedom to exercise many of my gifts and is very patient and encouraging in this. Most importantly, I am an ill-deserving sinner who has been mercifully saved by Jesus Christ.
I am a truly blessed man. I don’t always see it. I don’t always appreciate it.
But I want to.
What about you?