When God Calls You To Serve, But You Are Not Awesome Sauce :-/

That is not the best title I’ve come up with, but it really sums up how I feel about doing “God’s work.” The truth is that I do not think we can do God’s work, yet we can do what He has called us to do. It is such an experience when we come to Christ and know that our sins are forgiven, that we are new in Him, and even take the steps to start serving. The honeymoon stage of a Christian can be described as better than ice cream with Oreo cookies, wrapped up in a wafer cone with a truckload of whipped cream. That or a delicious slice of your favorite pizza….OR whatever you are into. Bottom line, where do you serve when you don’t feel you got the awesome sauce others have to serve???

The point is that feeling God calling us to do work in his field is an awesome time. Nevertheless, it can also be stressful once we realize that we have been called….yet don’t even know what we are supposed to do. At one point or another, God will call us to serve. What the churches may not tell people is that we may not know exactly where we fit in. In my specific case, I have children but I cannot teach Sunday school. I just truly do not have the passion, desire, or joy to do it. However, I applaud any teacher that dares. Yes, I said it. It takes a lot of courage to get in front of young children to teach the word of God. Why? Well….uh….do they even get it? Are they even interested or should we just move to playing with Play-Doh?? While we are all faithful that we are instilling the word of God into their little hearts —(Psalm 119:9 “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word”)—we still wonder. We wonder because we place expectations on ourselves that God never had for us. When Jesus said “It is finished” (John 19:30) he meant it.

The point is…we will eventually get the call to serve. I am reminded of the time when Jesus called his disciples. This was a matter of leaving everything behind to bring something that would impact eternity: SALVATION. This sounds incredible, but where to begin? I could slap this with a “pray and read the word until you figure it out” kind of statement, but I cannot leave you out there in the wilderness. I bet that is precisely where you are attempting to get out of. I am speaking of getting real with yourself. Yes, we do seek God and His desires for our lives, yet we do it in a way that opens our hearts to know our calling.

There is a great example that shows God’s mercy towards those of us that remain rather clueless. I am speaking of the Samaritan woman passage in the book of John. The beginning of the passage is very telling

John 4:1-2 “Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John– although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.”

I’d love to cite the entire passage, but I want us to park in the first two verses. So, while we have a Savior that has already arrived. He is gaining traction, He is famous. We know already that the Pharisees have a huge problem with Jesus of Nazareth; nevertheless, scriptures ensures that we understand who is truly doing the hands on work. You see? Jesus is asking us to be fishers of men (Matthew 4:19). In order to fish, one must first get the equipment, understand the fishing process (perhaps not perfectly….at least have a clue), and then we are to go out there and FISH! While the passage of the Samaritan woman speaks loudly and clearly about us, it is the first two verses that should tell us exactly how God expects us to work.

This has never been about expertise, or being passionate about a specific path. We are to go out and do the work. There needs to be an exploration of the word, and then there needs to be a physical response to service. Until we get ourselves out there, we will never truly know where exactly God is calling us. It may be in the most unexpected place.

Matthew 2:12 “And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”

SEEK HIM and He will provide you with directions. Don’t miss your moment.

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