I went to pick up my son from his class at church after a great worship service, but the lights were off in the room and no one was there. I checked the playroom and the kids’ worship room…also empty. That’s when I noticed the super-long line outside of another classroom.
To be called by God is humbling and exciting! There are some things God calls all of us to, such as salvation and sanctification.Then there are specific calls he gives to individuals, such as the call to be a foreign missionary or the call to write for him. The call to a certain ministry is usually felt first in our soul from the Holy Spirit and then often is confirmed by God’s people (your Christian mentors, friends, and family).
But let’s face it. There are a lot of things that need to be done in the church (and world!) that we may not feel particularly called to do. Instead, those tasks may fall under one of the commands in the Bible, such as loving others or giving to God’s kingdom. Or maybe the tasks are necessary for God’s work to flourish.
Like the task of teaching a room full of four-year-olds about Jesus.
My son’s room was dark and empty because our children’s pastor had to close it. There weren’t enough volunteers that morning and Noah’s class had been combined with a class that did have a teacher. The faithful volunteer who showed up that morning ended up with double the kids they were expecting.
I’m going to be careful here, because I understand the risk of Christian burnout. It’s real and I’ve been there. I’m not advocating for a life that’s run ragged because you’re saying “yes” to every need that comes through.
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Sometimes I think we feel justified ignoring needs because we don’t feel called to deal with them.
For example, no one I know is called to change diapers. Yet there are volunteers in church nurseries around the world changing diapers every week. Sometimes, we don’t need to be called.
We may not be called to be an evangelist, missionary, or teacher. Yet God commands us to share the good news anyway; we don’t need to be called.
There are hundreds of thousands of children in foster care in the United States. Maybe you can’t be a foster parent, but we can all do something. Sometimes, we don’t need to be called.
Sometimes we just do the thing that needs to be done. If we all do something, no one has to do everything.
Sometimes, we don’t need to be called.
I long to see women growing spiritually and serving the Lord faithfully. I hope my heart came through in this post! Do you agree or disagree that a calling isn’t necessary to serve?