“Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.” 1 Corinthians 7:17
Not only are pastors or priests “called” by God to serve. Every Christian is. That may sound daunting, and you might shake your head with hand to heart and think, “I’m not sure God has ever called me.” But, my friend, He most certainly has.
God meets us where we are in life, and when we accept Him as Savior, He can use us no matter how unholy, inept, or unworthy we feel. There have been times I have doubted I am making a difference. I don’t see throngs of people coming to Christ through my devotionals. But God reminded me that He has called me to write about Him. What happens after that is not within my realm of influence or power. It is in His.
When we obediently use the talents God has given us — be it having extreme patience with small children, being a superb organizer, having a strong back, or a soft heart — He takes that offering and uses it to His glory to call others to Him. If you think back, I bet one or two people were instrumental in bringing you to the realization you needed Jesus in your heart. They may not have been famous, but they lovingly exemplified what Jesus meant in their lives and that made all the difference.
Dearest Lord, You have called each of us, with our unique experiences, gifts, and talents, to draw others to You. Help us step outside of our inferiority and, out of gratitude for all You have done for us, offer ourselves to Your service. Amen.
What is the unique way that you shine for Jesus? If you are not sure what your specific calling entails, ask God to specifically show you. Then be open to His answer. It may surprise you.
By Julie Cosgrove
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