July 18, 2019
Our Extra-Ordinary Calling
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20 (CSB)
I walked in through the door, exhausted from a long day of work. Traffic added to the stress of my day, as well as a handful of letdowns and hard conversations. It seemed as if disappointment was following me from one meeting to the next.
The day not only reminded me of all my unmet expectations in my career and dreams, but also poured salt over an open and hurting wound. I thought to myself, Alex, is this what life is all about? Is this it? Discouraged, I continued to press on through my day.
Putting my things down at the door, I hurried to let our babysitter leave for the day. I was grateful for her - how she loved on my kids and stepped into her job so well with our family. My babies ran up to me, excited and eager to tell me all about the ups and downs of their day. I waved goodbye to our sitter and commenced what I like to call, "the afternoon shuffle." Then I made my way to the kitchen to prep for dinner. Deep breaths, I said to my weary soul.
I was quickly met with a resounding yet subtle conviction, an alerting from the Holy Spirit about my current heart posture.
I was so angry with my day, with dreams that seemed so far away, and I wanted God to tell me that my ordinary life was going to get better somehow. I wanted a whisper of, "Your dreams are coming."
Instead, He quieted my soul by giving me something I needed, a refreshing of His heart for me. I heard Him whisper, "That's where I do My best work - in the ordinary." It's in the mundane, in the calling of your day-to-day. The Scripture of the Great Commission came to mind instantly.
Matthew 28:19-20 says, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
I began to understand that my calling wasn't what I thought it was. I wanted God to tell me which job I needed to be working and which dream of mine He would bless so I could be "walking in my calling."
Yet in reality, whatever I choose to do with my life, whatever job I am blessed with, is right where God wants me and where He uses me and my gifts to make disciples and grow His Kingdom. It's His greatest dream for all of us.
My desire to be in my calling started to make sense, and my job and mothering suddenly began to look different to me. They were ministry, and God had called me to it.
And what better teacher to follow and learn from than Jesus? His greatest ministry was in the day-to-day, where He met the most ordinary people in the most ordinary places, offering them all an extraordinary life, simply because He's a good and loving God. And He's still in the business of doing that with us today.
It's the greatest calling of all - to live in our "everyday-ness" of life as a light, as a conduit to God's bigger and more beautiful story. Just like my babysitter uses her gifts to bless our family, I use my gifts to bless God, to glorify Him. This is our most beautiful call. Let’s answer it and steward it well.
Heavenly Father, thank You for inviting us in and calling us to be part of Your family and story. Remind our hearts while we're living in the mundane day-to-day that we're right where You want us, living on mission to build Your Kingdom. Give us endurance and strength as we steward our gifts well for Your glory. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Proverbs 19:21, "Many plans are in a person's heart, but the LORD's decree will prevail." (CSB)
Proverbs 21:21, "The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life, righteousness, and honor." (CSB)
Ephesians 2:10, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do." (CSB)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
As you go about your day, stop to think about where God has you on mission for His Kingdom as you work, study, parent, etc. Write down one or two ways you are living on mission right now. Share your thoughts here in the comments!
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