Are you living out your faith? Are you living out your calling?
Those questions were posed to me when I was a teenager by one of my youth directors. At the time I was so young, most of the time I could barely figure out what I was doing from one week to the next. I couldn’t imagine that God would be able to use me in any significant way. I didn’t feel like I had enough to offer God.
What did my youth minister expect from me? What did God expect from me?
For a long time, not much changed. When I was in my 30s, those questions were still unanswered. Am I living out my faith? Am I living out my calling? As a mother of four children, I was doing great just keeping the family schedule together. What more could God expect from me?
The questions persisted because I knew — and God knew — that I could do more.
The truth is, we are all called to live out our faith, in word and deed. We are called to serve the world in the name of Christ.
Not occasionally. Not sometimes.
God can and wants to use us all to make a difference in the world in a significant way, whether we are young and idealistic; middle-aged, juggling family and work; or advanced in years, reflecting back on our lives.
You just have to say, “Yes, I will serve.”
As a church, we have been blessed to be a blessing. We have been filled with gifts, talents, and resources in order to be the hands, feet and love of Christ to the world around us. We have more 50 local missions opportunities in which our church is already involved. These are ministries that came from the outpouring of someone’s life. We serve at-risk children, women in crisis, those who are homeless and hungry, those caught in human trafficking, those who are in prison and the families left behind, those with special needs, and senior adults.
As a pastor, I see people of all ages and abilities open themselves up to God’s calling, see them live out their faith, see their lives transformed because they said, “Yes, I will serve,” to one of those opportunities.
I love how N.T. Wright, a famous Christian writer, speaks about the way we live our lives. He says, “whatever fills you will spill out.”
God has filled our lives with love, compassion and hope. We need to ask how we are pouring that out into the lives of others. You have been called to live out your faith, and you know how you should answer: Yes, I will serve.
This story first originally appeared in The Point, Fall 2013 edition.