Called? No Need to Worry

Many shudder at the thought of it. Others ‘run for their lives’ while others wander in the wilderness of denial for years; few, however, humbly hearken to it and embrace it in the way that it deserves.

Those that shudder and run away do so because of the picture they have of the call. To many of us, that word “calling” brings what is a scary mental picture; it makes one imagine themselves, first, on a pulpit wielding a huge Bible, and punching well calculated words energetically into the still church air…we further imagine that the pulpit is in a large building full of people who seem tortured, not only by the Sunday morning cold, but also, and especially, by the words that spring from our mouths. Some among the congregation find these words boring and the rest that are listening find the words a bit too harsh and, consequently, distancing. And so we imagine that the result of this is a life bereft of friends since we are seen as harsh and inconsiderate -not to mention, boring- members of society. And who wants to be an enemy of the people? Who wants to be avoided by all that spot us in the streets? So because of this attitude towards our calling, we run. But could we have misunderstood it?

image

Image from sanctusblog.wordpress.com

Mark 3:13-14 NKJV

And He went up on the mountain and called to  Him  those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach,

This portion of Scripture speaks of a time when Christ called to himself those He wanted. It is when the apostles received their calling of apostleship. I don’t know about you, but I think that that’s a really big and humbling calling! A calling to be among the ‘fathers’ of the Church must have been more scary than my (and your) imagination of what a calling entails. Right? Yet the apostles did not shy away from it. Why?

Perhaps it is because they understood what a calling entailed.

‘…that they may be with Him and that He might send them out to preach.’

In a calling, the most important element is the “being with Him” part. The Lord does not just call you so that He can send you out to a remote area with harsh climate, intolerable living conditions and a bunch of hostile barbaric natives. In stead, He calls you so that you may be with Him. The first and most important part of your calling is to be with Him. To hang out with God and bond with Him. Get to know Him more, to align your desires to His by staying with Him; allowing Him to conform your will to His and to transform your image to His.

John 15:15 NKJV

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends,  for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

In John 15 Christ explains to His apostles that they were not just servants, who would do things in a legalistic way and as a formality, but rather, that they were now friends. Friends don’t just do things because they are supposed to, but they own and carry the vision of their friend so that as they carry out the task at hand, they are doing it with the right attitude and they do it as if it is their own task.

And so the most important part of your calling is your friendship with Christ. He calls you to first of all be His friend. So that you may hang out with Him. Know Him and so carry the vision that He carries. Have His attitude as concerns your calling. So that your heart may beat in synchrony with His and your mind may be in congruence with His. A calling is an invitation to get more intimate with Christ- to take the relationship to the next level.

So, next time you think of your calling, I hope you will not shriek with crippling apprehension, but that you will be welled up with a warm feeling of excitement at the thought of deepening your relationship with the Lord.

Advertisements

~ by paintbrush89 on March 24, 2013.

2 Responses to “Called? No Need to Worry”

  1. Am truly encouraged by these words.

  2. Amen! Glory be to God:-)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: