I would like to share some thoughts with you about a powerful message I heard, and one powerful phrase in particular. In regards to being called by God, “it’s about WHO you are before WHAT you do.”
This message was given by Craig Groeschel , Senior Pastor at Life Church. The link is below so you can be blessed by this message as well!
Wow… It’s about the “who” friends, not the “do.” I get so caught up in what I’m supposed to be doing, that I completely forget who I am… Who I should be emulating. Personally, I get so caught up in what I should be doing with my life, that who I am as a person, doesn’t seem so important. If I just reach this next level of accomplishment I will become who I should be in Christ. I sometimes believe if I can achieve success it will make me into the person I’m supposed to be…
“For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:9
My stressful life, new baby, schooling, moving, a PANDEMIC, it all just seems like the perfect excuse to explain why I’m not who I want to be right now. Who God is calling me to be. It’s my excuse why I snap at my husband and family, why I’m impatient with friends, why I skip reading my bible and praying….
These excuses and how I have been feeling have had me questioning what my future looks like, I find myself asking, “God what are you calling me to do? Am I missing something?” And the answer friends, is YES!! I’m missing something BIG! And I believe that is why God redirected my attention, and I stumbled across this message. I loved what Pastor Groeschel said, “A better question than asking ourselves, ‘What am I called to do,’ is ‘Who am I called to become?” Because it doesn’t matter WHAT I’m doing… God can use me no matter where I’m working, no matter what I’m doing. He can use me when I’m waiting tables, or when I’m sleep deprived, calming a crying baby. Because God has not called me into a job. He has called me to be like Him.
“A better question than asking ourselves, ‘What am I called to do,’ is ‘Who am I called to become?”
I have fallen a long way off from my calling. I’ve allowed sleep deprivation to excuse my impatience, my lack of a schedule to excuse my absence from praying and reading my bible, and stress and anxiety to excuse my negativity. But God does not stop pursuing. With perfect timing, in those special moments that only God creates I found this message, and it is proof of His pursuit. God cares where I’m at. He wants me to find my calling, and to do all that he created me to do.
So where do I go from here? Maybe you are in the same boat. Do you get so consumed with what you should be doing in life, that you lose a bit of yourself trying to make it happen? Maybe you have compromised a bit of your own belief system to fit yourself into the world. If we aren’t trying to be like Christ as God has called us, where else do we turn but to the world?
So let’s stand firm, steadfast in our calling. The best way to learn how to be like Christ is to read his word, pray and seek Him. Ask God to correct and convict where we need it, and ask God to give us a heart like His. These two things, reading God’s Word and praying, are the only advice I can personally give. I know no other way to reach success. I can easily change what I look like to the outside world. I can switch my job, and even do things that help the greater good, but I need to look like Christ on the inside to achieve whatever else God asks of me.
I hope this message encourages you as it did me! Let me leave you with just one more quote by Pastor Groeschel.
“Who you are is way, way, way more important to God than what you do.”
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” Ephesians 4:1
Check out the message here!