Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In Your Vocation - Are you following Christ?

Feet of Saint Paul, Holy Trinity Church
Feet of Saint Paul, Holy Trinity Church (elycefeliz)
"Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother" -- Colossians 1:1 

Paul calls himself an apostle, meaning “one sent to execute a commission.” Apostles were sent out by Jesus Christ to preach his gospel, and to establish his church.[1] Paul says he was sent out by the will of God, not by his own choice or his own will, not self-appointed, but God-appointed. One may say, but the Apostles are dead and gone. Yes, that’s true, but God send out people every day to do his work. In Galilee after his resurrection, Jesus Christ commanded his followers to go and make disciples of all the nations (Matt 28:18-20) and in that sense we are all sent to carry out a commission -- the Great Commission. Every one of us who follows Jesus has that vocation, that calling in life. 

Each one of us also has from God an individual vocation, a calling on our lives which the Lord designed specifically for each person.
In your vocation, your life calling, are you following Christ? Are you working in the area the Lord has called you? Whether it is health care, child care, or building a home, the legal field or the mission field, are you where God wants you? 

Are you doing what you are doing these days because you decided yourself to do it or because the Lord called you to it? Did the Lord open to you the opportunity to be in the business you are in? Is your choice of education and school and major a choice that was submitted to him? Can you sit where you are and be honest with yourself before the Lord and say that you know you are in the center of God’s will for your life? If not, why not? 

Is what you are doing with your life simply what you decided you wanted to do on your own without any submission to the Lord you claim to follow? Do you then brazenly expect God to bless whatever you are doing? That leads us to an important question: Who is really in charge of your life? Who really functions as Lord in your life? 

Today is a good day for you to submit yourself and your life afresh to the Lord, to submit afresh your vocation to the Lord, to submit afresh your education and major to the Lord. 

You may not know Christ as Lord. Did you know that it is God’s will for you that you would admit you are a sinner, confess your sins, and submit to Jesus' leadership and governance over your life? Did you know that he has great love toward you and wants you to receive him as Savior and Lord?