Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Different Callings

Mark 5:18-20 “As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed kept begging Him to be with Him. But He would not let him; instead, He told him, “Go back home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you.” So he went out and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and they were all amazed.” - HCSB

I find it fascinating that this guy wanted to be a disciple, but Jesus had a different plan for him. Jesus calls us to different callings; how short-sighted and foolish it would've been for the disciples to turn their noses up at him, saying, “He wasn't good enough to join us”, or “he was (lazy or disobedient or sinful or etc.) and couldn't be part of our group”. It wasn't about that; Jesus really did just have a totally different calling for him than He had for them. We have many in the church today turning their noses up at people who have a different calling, because they assume someone doing anything other than what they've been called to do is an example of “compromise” or “laziness” or whatever. Whether it is or not can be known only between each person and Jesus.

My immediate application: every Christian is called to be involved in fulfilling the Great Commission somehow. However, not everyone is called to be involved in the same way. My family and I have been called to go to Nigeria with Wycliffe at this point in our lives, but I don't believe everyone is. There are many who are called to be involved in other ministries, or by spreading the Word where they are, or by going on and enabling short-term missions trips, or by supporting missionaries or other works of God. None of these is a lesser or greater calling, they're all equally legitimate. This is how God has designed the Church; to be interdependent and to look out for (and help) each other.
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