What is your calling?
It was a privilege to invest a whole day at the Collyde Summit in Princeton, NJ, thinking about this question and hearing different perspectives. Here are some of the highlights:
Rob Cruver, Senior Pastor of Zarephath Christian Church – What is your calling? It’s two words, said by Jesus to His disciples in Matthew 4: “Follow Me.” Jesus is asking us to do this every day, and our calling never changes. This is about denying ourselves. It’s not about glamor, accolades, resumes, or career paths. But Jesus offers us FULL LIFE. I love the way Rob Cruver describes “calling.” It brings so much clarity to life. Continue reading
I am a millennial and I am an intuitive-feeling (NF) type. It would be understandable for someone to assume that I would want to change the world. But I want to be more concerned with allowing Jesus Christ to change me.
I don’t think there is a Biblical mandate for individual Christians to “change the world,” as that phrase is commonly used. The Great Commission states, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV) There are also commandments throughout Scripture to help the poor and needy (Leviticus 19:9-10, Proverbs 22:9, Proverbs 29:7, Matthew 25:31-46, Luke 12:33), and to let our lights shine before others (Matthew 5:16).
I absolutely believe we should follow these commands. But when we make disciples, it is God who changes people, not us. When we help the poor and needy today, we reflect God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed, but there will still be poverty and social injustice until Christ returns and changes the world. When we obey God and love others, we do not know what the results will be. We do not know whether the life of one person will be changed as the result of our actions, much less the whole world. Thankfully, we don’t have to know what our impact will be. We can leave that to the Lord.
All we have to do is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). And that’s why I need Christ to change my heart.