I love that She Reads Truth has asked us to talk about "Commissioned Moments" (rather than big mission trips or other such things) based on the verses in Matthew 28:16-20, which are often called The Great Commission.
There was a time when I was in college, when I suddenly noticed that the Christians I'd been around talked almost exclusively about The Great Commission as if it meant to go away from where you were to spread the gospel. Suddenly, after encountering teenagers here in the US who had never even heard the name of Jesus, I realized it is absolutely not just about going elsewhere. It's also about staying right here (we are part of "all nations") and listening for that still, small voice that says "Speak now, here, my child."
During my last two years of college, I was taking full-time classes, and working two part-time jobs, which added up to almost full-time hours - we're talking full schedule from 8am-8pm every day. I was busy. It was not necessarily easy or fun, but I did it, and mostly successfully with a smile on my face. I loved my major and both of my jobs.
One afternoon, a girl from my major, with whom I had taken multiple classes, walked up to my desk at work and said something along the lines of "Esther, I've decided that I need to get a job, because you are always so happy, and I'm just sure it's because you have this job."
Would you believe, friends, that I just looked at her and said "I think that's a great idea!"
My job, after all, was to connect students who wanted jobs with employers who wanted to hire them...
I didn't even say anything about the true source of joy in my life - Christ and his Helper within me.
When she left my office, I was devastated. I knew I had missed out on a fantastically clear calling from the Lord.
To a certain extent, I still carry regret from that experience, but ever since that day, I have tried to live more with an open ear and eye on what the Lord would have me do.
I have tried to bring him into every conversation I have.
"Tried," of course, is the operative word here. I fail more times than I succeed, but I am continually encouraged by the multiple scriptures which tell me that God is more powerful than I, and He will accomplish His purposes, whether or not I listen to every little command He gives.
But oh, the pay-off when I do listen. He is a wonderfully giving and loving Father through our obedience, and even our disobedience.
1 year ago