What would happen if you didn’t do what the Lord has called you to do?
Rather think of it like this, how many people may not have the opportunity to know Christ as you and I do, due to us choosing not to do what the Lord has called us to?
This has been a question that has been on my mind since I first heard it, in certain times sounding much louder as I neglected my duties or even chose to do what I thought best suits me. The first time I was asked this was in church during a sermon delivered on one sunny Sunday morning at our university chapel. I began to see more of my worth and my role in God’s big and mighty plan, in the eyes of an all holy, all knowing (omniscient), and all powerful (omnipotent), ever present (omnipresent) God. The question resonated with clear tones, an appeal to those listening with some level of urgency- what do we imagine happens when we do not answer to the Lord’s call? It could not go unnoticed. Sometimes it really is quite a scary thought to think how easily our decisions that may seem more meaningful in that moment could take precedence over anything else and we lose sight of what the Lord has set for us. So easily the focus is on us, what we ought to achieve, how much more of our own efforts we need to put in, a little more for us- but today the question is quite different. In the midst of busying ourselves with fulfilling our own desires, what would happen if you and I do not answer to the Lord’s call? Imagine in a practical sense how many lives could be lost as a nurse chooses not to attend to his/ her patients, how many young futures suffer as their teachers choose not to educate them, how many in our own lives are affected as we do not do what the Lord has called us to do?
Some may argue pursuing personal desires is certainly better than not doing anything at all. Some self determination to answer to our own needs; trying to in fill the spaces we feel so incomplete, something is being done and some good should come of it. We may believe and tend to think that- honestly we are not sure how it will turn out exactly in our pursuits but we have to figure it ourselves as we go, at least that is how we feel we ought to do it and it feels right. After all internally there is always a need within to do something greater for ourselves, if externally we aren’t being pushed to do something greater by the world around us. It could be doing something more for our families, working a little harder at work, applying ourselves a little more at school; cause all we feel is we need to give more of ourselves, to make it better right? Pursuit of one’s own dreams and desires is not bad but the question I’m asking is whose call impacts us as we go on our daily lives in our different pursuits?
One story that stood out to me illustrating whose call we are to seek in our lives is shown in the life of Nehemiah. His story, from how I have come to understand it, is one of an ordinary man who achieved extraordinary things, who was a practical man of action, hardworking, organised, and focused reaching a top position being the king’s cup bearer in the Persian Empire. He enjoyed the unreserved confidence of the king and was trusted to taste the king’s wine to ensure that it was not poisoned. He was however a Jew who with his industrious character had managed to become the king’s favourite and also one of his most trusted. In today’s context, he had climbed the “social and corporate ladder” using honest means and was enjoying an enviable position in one of the most powerful kingdoms at the time. Some researchers believe he was even a governor there. Yet despite all that power, there was a greater call for Nehemiah which was to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem that had been destroyed, which would help his people in a land so far from where he was. The Word tells us that he was so grieved for the exiles and the unrest he heard was going on in Jerusalem. He mourned for days weeping for his country repenting of the way they had sinned against the Lord, through prayer and fasting. (Nehemiah 1:4) In spite of the comfort and security he enjoyed in the Persian Empire, the need to help his own people in their time of distress outweighed whatever ease he had there.
Only the Lord ignited Nehemiah’s love for his people and his home country. The Lord had directed to him to his true calling- to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and reconstruct what had been broken. If left to our own will, we find satisfaction in the comfort of what today offers with our myopic vision, not seeing the great visualisation of an AWESOME GOD.
Today the call is for you to answer to the Lord’s call. Have you received salvation? Have you been born again? “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:44 ESV
Today the call is for you to turn to Him and refocus placing Christ at the centre where He belongs, if you have received Him. Make every day and everything in your life about glorifying and seeking more of Him in your life. From His call we realise that EVERYTHING grows and is given a fulfilling purpose. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 ESV
The day I heard the call to follow Christ, and listened in my heart I realised the day had finally come for me to surrender and give my life to Jesus Christ whom I didn’t fully understand but I knew that I desperately needed. I remember before I heard His beautiful call, the way I felt my independence as most valuable, of utmost importance and by the code to which I would live by for the rest of my life. I would live according to my own rules and stand tall taking pride in my own accomplishments and failures. As far as my decision making would go, I would only answer to my own needs, my heart and feelings would be my guide, for only in those I felt I could rely. I felt safe with that neat arrangement of mine not seeing my own blindness- my rebellion, my trust in my own sin and ignoring the need for a Saviour who knows me better than I know myself. How my dependence on myself limited me from a call that is so great, much greater than I could imagine with more fulfilling work, He had set for me! One that would enable me to see my part in His plans and He would strengthen me in doing what He has called me to. No longer could the call be ignored and I knew the reconstruction plan of my life had begun.
May I answer to your call O’ Lord, may I seek you with all my heart, and in all I do may you remain the centre for you deserve all the glory.
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:2-3 ESV