Sadly, most people in the Church today who are not called to fulltime ministry do not think of themselves as called. They have bought into the idea that church work is sacred while the work that they do is secular. But such division between sacred and secular is manmade. Yes, God certainly calls some to preach the Gospel and serve the Church. But nowhere does the Scripture even hint that those are the only people who are called. God calls every man and woman to each station of life they are called to.
I read (again) recently the story of Sealy Yates as told by Nancy Pearcey in her groundbreaking book, Total Truth. Sealy was a young man when he accomplished his life dream of entering law school. Sealy was the first man in his family to attend college of which he was proud. Graduating from law school with honors, he married his high school sweetheart and together they were having their first child. Truly things were going well for Sealy.
Little wonder than that everyone was surprised when they saw that Sealy fell into a deep depression. How could a man who had everything going for him become depressed? What they didn’t know was that years before, Sealy had responded to a Gospel message at a church and gave his life to Jesus Christ. After joining the church, he was taught that if he wanted his life to count for God, he would have to become a pastor or a missionary. But Sealy had no gifts for either of these realms. So, he determined to become a lawyer and fill his schedule with as much church work as he could possibly handle.
But now that he had reached his life goal to become a lawyer, he carried a low-grade guilt that his life really didn’t count as much as it would of if he had become a missionary or pastor. It was then that he discovered a Christian legal problem that taught how lawyers can share the gospel with their clients. Since clients usually seek legal advice when they are in trouble, Sealy found a natural way to share Jesus with his clients. Far from having to go into professional ministry, Sealy realized that his life could count for God right where he was.
When I first came to serve the local church where I presently as pastor, it had a rich history of supporting foreign missions. I continued to assure the church that we would be as committed to missions as we had been. But I told the church that I not only wanted to continue to send missionaries to Africa, but also send men to be Little League coaches and football coaches. I stressed my belief that these were valid mission projects that people could do in the natural course of life.
Are you living as a called person? Are you realizing that God has you right where you are and has a kingdom purpose for you in that place? When you realize that God has called you to be his doctor, lawyer, business owner, and stay at home mom, life is infused with kingdom purpose. Find out what God has called you to and do it for his glory.
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