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It’s More Than a Journey

Posted by admin in August 19th, 2010
Published in faith, missions, obedience

There is a time in all of our lives, no matter how old or young we are, that we need to stop and evaluate things—do a sort of assessment of where we are and why we are doing what we are doing. Friends said to me once they always felt kind of guilty when hanging around missionaries. Like they themselves weren’t doing enough for the Kingdom. I think “doing enough for the Kingdom” isn’t really the point. I think the point is whatever we’re doing we do out of obedience. A guy in an accounting firm in Chicago is not any less called than the brave missionary couple who boards the plane for Africa with three small kids. And the missionary couple can actually be disobedient if God hasn’t called them to Africa, but they are going out of guilt, piety, or a wrong sense of duty.

Our journey with God in Christ Jesus isn’t about formulas, checklists, dos and don’ts. Our journey with God in Christ Jesus is about a relationship that calls us into holy obedience where we say to our Savior, “Yes Lord, to anything You ask!” For some of us that might mean getting on a plane, for others it might mean working in an accounting firm in Chicago. For all of us it means seeking the Father’s face to bring glory and honor to Him wherever we are. I’ve always said, “Crossing an ocean does not a missionary make.” We are ALL missionaries when we live missional lives in our everyday existence. Accounting is as holy a calling as preaching. Teaching physics is as holy a calling as teaching New Testament. Working at a restaurant is as holy a calling as working at a church. AS LONG AS WE ARE DOING THESE VOCATIONS AND ACTIVITIES OUT OF OBEDIENCE. I’m not saying everyone is called to live overseas, outside his/her comfort zone—I am saying we are all called to do something and we need to find out what that “something” is and then DO IT.

Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece (workmanship) created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He planned long ago for us to walk in.”

And it’s our job to find out what those “good works” are. Is it to be a plumber? Is it to be a stay-at-home mom? Is it to be a teacher? A businessperson? Is it to be an overseas missionary?

It is important that we do what we do with Christ in mind and once we figure what those “good works” are, we do them with our whole hearts, minds, and all of our strength. We honor God when we obey Him in the daily, mundane tasks of life. We bring glory to Him when we share our love for Jesus Christ with others—when we love them, pray for them, help them, befriend them—not to sell Jesus, not to be a marketing rep for the Gospel, but because they are important and significant human beings. Because Christ asks us to.

Life with Jesus is more than just a journey. It’s more than getting from point A to point B. It’s more than even arriving at the Final Destination (Heaven). Life with Jesus is about communion with Him. Talking with Him. Inviting Him into every decision, every circumstance, every job, every activity and saying, “Lord what is Your will and way in this?” If you are not called to be a mechanic or a doctor or a chef, then what IS IT that you are called to be? Living in Christ means to find out what is God’s will and then doing it.

Romans 12: 1-2, A Living Sacrifice to God, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Renewed. New creation. We are new persons living in Christ Jesus and inviting Him to lead the way. He longs to be with us, to guide us, to lead us. He created us for communion, fellowship and when we long for that too our callings become well defined and obedience our greatest joy. Peace.

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439. prgjohnson said,
August 28th, 2010 at 4:54 am

Well said! Hope you’re settling in to Klaideda well!

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