I am 32 years old. I still don’t feel all that far removed from my own teenage & college years, but I was under the impression at that time that I needed to be searching for what God had for me- a specific ministry, a specific place, where God would use my gifts for His glory. You know what? I’m still looking.
Join me in a 3 part series of posts that will each hit this subject from a different perspective.
Now sure, that does happen for a lot of people. Many are led to a ministry and serve there for thirty years before God moves them somewhere else. But there is no master plan anywhere that says it’s supposed to be that way for everyone.
In the New Testament, the men chosen to be apostles, who ended up having some of the greatest ministries in God’s plan, were not even necessarily looking for something to do when it came knocking.
You may want God to use you, to choose you, but are you willing to stay in His will and His plan if it means that you will remain in obscurity? The apostles’ generation seems to be the opposite of today’s generation. Today’s generation is told “God has a great plan for you!” but then they grow discouraged or leave when it’s not what they expected. The apostles’ generation were simply being faithful to their families and their faith when God decided to do the miraculous.
But did you notice? Christ only called twelve. What about every other clean-hearted Jew? The point is…
It’s God’s choice.
Are you okay with God not doing something phenomenal with you? Isn’t the whole point that we’re doing what God wants? Isn’t it about His glory, and not ours?
There were some that followed anyway.
There were several hundred followers of Christ by the time He ascended to Heaven. You don’t have to have a special calling on your life to follow God and love and serve where you are.
The Apostle Paul, while not consistently attending and serving in one church, was still faithful in his service to God.
Nowadays we place great emphasis on people’s faithfulness to their local church, and look down on those that change churches. They are fickle. They are selfish. They are unable to endure sound doctrine. We always called them “church hoppers” when I was growing up. Wow, were we judgmental!
My pride is humiliated in finding myself in this situation, in the very shoes I always scorned. Our family has been in 5 churches in the last 10 years. I hate that. And yet every change was made with prayer and God’s leading. Several were simply resting points that were too great a distance away for us to continue attending, good churches that gave us a place we could go until we could find a closer church to actually serve in.
The point is that I still don’t feel settled in to a place that I will “fulfill God’s plan for my life.” STOP looking for a plan and just serve and love where you are! The apostles weren’t looking for a long-term ministry where they would eventually change the world.
They just spent the day with the One who called them, one day at a time.
Let God worry about the plan.
Come back for the next part of the series!