We hear a lot about hearing God’s call, following God’s calling for you, receiving the call to ministry, finding your purpose in life. Are you looking for that dream job, the career of a lifetime. Well hold on to your seats kiddies!
I have the answer for those who are searching. And if you thought you found your calling and now feel unfulfilled, I have an answer for you too.
I know, who knew such wisdom rested in this earthen vessel but, prepare to be amazed.
Your calling, your purpose, your life’s ambition is fulfilled in following the same call that Jesus yielded to.
Your purpose, my purpose, your calling and mine, is to die.
Well that just sucks!
Yeah, I wanted something cool and amazing, preferably center stage and that paid well. Second best would be something behind the scenes, you know, nobody sees you but you’re making things happen. Those on stage depend on you. You are needed.
But then I looked at Jesus. His calling wasn’t to do miracles, though he did some of those as well. His purpose was clearly not to be king, or even start a religion. He stated that his purpose was to “do the will of the Father.” And the final act of that was to give his life up.
I saw “the Passion of the Christ” one time. As I watched what happened to him, I cried. I balled. And I kept asking why? Why would he do that for someone like me? Why would he do that when he knew how I would receive it? How I would throw the shit of my sin on the priceless gift of his love?
There is no explanation for why that my mind can comprehend. But he accepted that price.
And now he calls to me. He beckons me with his scarred hands, with the love, that held him to his purpose and to the cross, shining over me.
How will I answer him when He longs to take me through the cross? How will I submit when it is more than my salvation that is at stake, when it will cost me everything?
“Not my will but yours, Lord.”