“Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” ~Jeremiah 1:4-5
Like Jeremiah, this is true for ALL Christians: we are ALL called and ordained/sanctified (i.e., set apart for God) to minister in The Kingdom of God (1 Peter 2:9). We are ALL chosen by God to do SPECIFIC work here on earth (Ephesians 4:11-12). God laid out a unique plan for each and every one of us before we were even born.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10
God knew us BEFORE we knew ourselves and God chose us to serve in His Kingdom BEFORE we chose to serve Him!
Therefore, we must ask ourselves: “Am I doing the task(s) that God chose for me to do in His Kingdom?”
The accompanying question that is often asked (often in rebuttal) is, “How do I know what specific task God has called me to do?”, “How do I know my calling?” However, that question misses the point, God has chosen the work so He WILL lead us into our calling.
Surely, we wouldn’t expect our earthly bosses/leaders to orchestrate a plan for us to execute and then hide it somewhere and ask us to find it, like a treasure hunt! Likewise, God, our omnipotent, omniscient Father will lead us into the plan He has laid out for our lives. The ONLY thing we have to concentrate on is making ourselves available to Him. It’s our willingness to serve that we must work on.
God not only has the blueprints, He is ready to build; will we let Him?
We have no excuse, there is work for us to do NOW.
- There is a person that needs to hear the gospel: “Will you tell him?”
- There is a Sunday School that needs a teacher: “Will you teach?”
- There is a choir that needs a singer: “Will you sing?”
- There is a brother/sister who is discouraged: “Will you encourage him/her?”
- There is a people who haven’t heard the word: “Will you go on the mission field?”
- There is a child that needs a home: “Will you share yours?”
- “There is a family that needs some food: “Will you give them some of your food?”
Or will we tell God (again!) to wait… until we are ready?
Jesus saith unto them, ‘My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.’ ~ John 4:34-36
There is work to do… Let’s do it!