I think it’s safe to say that we all want our life to have purpose and meaning. No one wants to come to the end and look back on their experience and feel that they’ve simply existed and never really done anything of significance. But how does one measure that significance? By what standards is our life assessed?
Some years ago, I ran into a person I had known in high school, and during our conversation, he asked me what I was doing and when I responded by telling him I had become a pastor, his response was one of surprise, “Really – you a pastor? Wow!” I remember being a little offended. Although I laughed it off, it still got under my skin. However, when I had time to reflect on it, why wouldn’t he have been surprised? Now that I think about it, I’m surprised that I’ve spent over thirty years as a pastor. I remember he jokingly, I hope, went on to say, “I suppose if God can use Balaam’s Ass, then I guess He can use just about anybody…” We laughed, but the truth is God is Sovereign, and God can use whomever He pleases.
In 1Thessalonians 5: 24, Paul states, “The one who called you is completely dependable. If He said it, He’ll do it! (Peterson, The Message)” And in Philippians 1: 6, Paul tells us that, “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. (Peterson, MSG)”
Now, while my calling was a surprise to my high school buddy, and I suppose to me, it was never outside the bounds of God’s Sovereign prerogative to do so. There are three truths I’ve come to hold fast to concerning my life and its significance, and these truths are for you as well. Here they are;
- God is the author of your calling, and the selection criterion used by God is not the same as that used by a secular culture.
- The key to realizing the fulfillment of God’s calling upon your life is acknowledging and actualizing your true identity as a child of God.
- The result of the first two principles or keys will be a life that is of eternal significance!
So, the life that is of eternal significance is the life that yields to the Sovereign Prerogative of God! Don’t be surprised by what God can do through you! JUST LET GO AND LET GOD DO A GOOD WORK IN YOU!