If you are like most people, (yes I know you are unique and special and one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable and such) but as part of God’s design we as humans long to discover our destiny. We want to know why we are here, and what part do we play in God’s plan and purposes. We read Scriptures like:
Matthew 22:37-40 37Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
And Ok, we are to love God, love people, and show it: great…how?
We also read:
1 Timothy 4:7-8 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
2 Peter 3:18 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
And yes, we are to be involved in spiritual growth, being transformed to be more like Jesus.
Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.
As well, we read:
Matthew 28:19-20 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Mark 16:15 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
Ok, so help others come to know Jesus and grow in their faith. But how? And what specific part or ministry or actions do we do? What is our unique call?
Now, if you have been around Cypress Church over the past year, you have heard us talk a lot about discovering and living God’s unique call for you life. As we have talked, this is not something that usually just falls in your lap, but a discovery as you seek to live life following Jesus, as best you can.
Well, in thinking about this I came across an article by Timothy Keller (Pastor of Redeemer Church in New York). He was writing about discerning your call and listed three ways; look out, look in, look up. I would like to add to this and adjust a few words and give you five ‘looks’ to Discovering Your Unique Call.
I would first Look to Jesus. Read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and notice what Jesus did. Think through those actions and notice which of Jesus’ deeds move you. I know for me its life-change. I love to see lives encounter Jesus and change. I never grow tired of reading about Jesus’ effect on people…and I want to be like Jesus (now I know I don’t change people’s lives, only Jesus does, but I can lead people to Jesus) and foster life change. So look at Jesus and consider your call.
Next, Look Around. As Keller suggests we tend when seeking why we are here, our destiny, our unique call, we look at our gifting, that mysterious part of the Christian life where we discover our gifts and employ them somewhere in God’s purposes (See Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12). Yes, it is helpful to look at how God has gifted us and the abilities God has allowed us to build, that’s next but before that we should look around…it is to look around at the needs you see. What area or needs do you notice in your community, in your neighborhood, in your church that compels you to action? What causes, issues, or conditions do you gravitate towards? Many times God will gift you to meet the need not the other way around…so look around and God will move you towards areas of need.
Another look is to Look In. To look in is to consider your gifts, abilities and talents. What do you do well? What tends to come easy for you (now I know when you first learn a task it is not easy, but what are some natural aptitudes)? I know for me it is NOT music. I can play my ipod and that’s about it…sure I make a joyful noise to the Lord when I sing and I do sing a lot, but it’s not my natural aptitude. So, to discover what your unique call is in God’s great plans do look in.
As well, Look Up. Pray. Ask God to help and guide you. If you have come to that place where you believe in Jesus God has given you the Holy Spirit to coach you (by the way if you are not sure if you believe, please write me back and we can talk). So ask and take time to listen. If you get a sense of a direction, check it with Scripture to make sure it’s in line with God’s word and ask some godly mentors, and if it all lines up, go for it! But do look up and pray.
Lastly, Look to Others. God designed us to live connected to others, not isolated (just do a little Bible search of the ‘one another’s’ and see all that God expects of us in our relationship with fellow believers). Ask others what needs they notice and what areas or ministry or help we might be good at serving. As well, look to others who have the same passions you do to join you. Two are better than one, (SeeEcclesiastes 4:9-12) and we need each other, so look to others.
Ephesians 2:10 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
So, Look to Jesus, Look Around, Look In, Look Up, and Look to Others and get on with the good works God has uniquely called you to do.
Seeking God’s Unique Call with you,