As promised, this months message is all about the two questions above. This is a topic that I am passionate about, but also one that I’ve grown into in the last few years. If you’re anything like me, you’ve wondered these things because you’ve over-complicated what it means to be a follower of Christ. It has become more about chasing the ‘big moments’ and less about smaller moments in the the every day-to-day. So, shall we jump in?
What’s my life calling? I remember many years ago sitting in high school chapel, asking myself this question, praying so hard for that ‘thing’ that the Father would bless, that would lead me to put my mark on the world. And I truly thought, if I hadn’t changed the world by the time I was 25, I’d somehow missed my mark. Some people DO have that ‘life calling’, some people are famous and have changed the world by the time they are 25. But for the majority of the rest of us, that can leave us feeling like ‘our life calling’ is now somehow irrelevant and we struggle to see where our ‘piece’ fits.
I think it’s much more simple than that. Jesus, outlines what our ‘life calling’ as christians is: that after he has gone, before he returns we are to preach the gospel, and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-10). But because none of us are robots spewing out the same meaningless message, God has wonderfully created each of us unique, with different gifts and qualities for us to work from. It’s a life calling, because when we begin to preach the good news of Jesus Christ in everything we say, do and even think, flavoured with the unique gifting of simply being ourselves, lives begin to change. It’s you, being you, the way YOU have been created1 , doing the things YOU are good at, in order that people are pointed towards a freedom and an eternity that is real. So when you ask yourself what am I called to? Find out what you’re good at, what you enjoy, what you’re passionate about, and begin to share a continual testimony of who God is through those channels.
I can almost hear some of you saying, “But, I don’t have an evangelism gifting, or I’m not a missionary?” Not true, missions isn’t just in sub-Sahara Africa, it’s living with a mindset that we are here to share the gospel to people who are hurting, who need total freedom, and that freedom has a name: Jesus Christ.
But I don’t have a story to tell. Listen up! Remember the woman at the well? She was a foreigner, and Jesus speaks into her life. He prophesied over her life, telling her something only she would have known. Jesus is having an Avatar experience with this woman. It’s an “I see you” moment (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s a ‘behind everything we let the world see, there is a being in need of love, and I see that‘). It is Jesus saying, ‘right now, I see you, I see your pain, I see your sin, but I am offering you a living water, and with it you will never thirst again’. She is so moved by the truth, she runs back to the village and ‘many of the people in the town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony‘ (John 4:39).
Your testimony is a testimony of who Jesus is to you – that is what you share. What has he spoken/shown/done for you that has convinced you that He is real; that he is Truth?
You do not need to know all the answers, attend bible school for 10 years or become a monk before you can begin sharing your story. People need to know. Not everyone needs to have a blinding experience like Paul, or a lighting moment like many non-christians have before meeting Jesus, in order to have a powerful testimony. A powerful testimony is this: That my Redeemer lives, and he lives for you too. How do you know this? Because I cannot deny how he has moved in my life.
If you grew up in a Christian home, when did it stop being your parents faith and start being your own? THAT is part of your testimony.
Are you afraid of sharing your story, because you’re afraid of not knowing all the answers to the atheists trapping questions? Are you afraid of getting it wrong? Of it sounding lame? Well ask yourself this – “What Jesus did for me, does it sound lame to me?”
Hear this – Truly I tell you, that the risk of never telling someone the truth of who Jesus is, when you know it is the only way that people will ever be truly set free, is FAR greater than the risk of getting it wrong, or looking stupid.
Now that we’ve realised we’re already living our life callings, let us now dream into it more. Let us hold onto hope that our testimonies will be powerful to someone who does not know Him, because it was powerful enough to change us.
Some last thoughts for today: Jesus says in Matthew that the end will come, when the gospel of the kingdom is preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations (Matthew 24:14). Well here is some news – and if you do not remember everything I have said, do remember this – That there is an estimated 3 billion people (a little less than half) in this world who have little or NO access to the gospel (gfm, see below). There are about 6500 people groups in the world who are STILL considered ‘unreached.’ Think for a moment about what hearing the gospel meant to you. Think about how it has changed you, and who taught you about the truth. Imagine now that you have never heard. Imagine how different your life might have been. Well, you have the power to change that. In you, there is the answer. Make it your life calling to share your story.
Throw off everything that so easily entangles, because it’s time to run.
Now, appropriately in the words of Shia Labeouf: JUST DO IT.
Remember that this Easter: your testimony began 2000 years ago on a hill side. Jesus came and died and rose again, that you might have life, and life to the full. It is a door back to the Father. So therefore now testify in everything you do that He is the Living Water.
Read more about the Unreached here: https://globalfrontiermissions.org.au/gfm-101-missions-course/the-unreached-peoples-and-their-role-in-the-great-commission/