Trusting God's Call by Jill Briscoe

Trusting God's Call
Jill Briscoe
Jeremiah 1:5

Os Guinness has noted in his book The Call, that as Christians we all have a secondary call to tasks or vocations - the work God has appointed us to do. This includes both career plans and the minor daily tasks that come as part of everyday life. We can experience a sense of calling every day as God sets our agendas. Part of God's plan for all His people is to put His work in our hands, and part of being spiritually mature is this sense of calling to this work.

God doesn't leave us guessing what our job is, either. When He called Jeremiah, He had very specific instructions for Him that included what He wanted Jeremiah to do, where He wanted Him to do it, and what the results would be. God also gave Jeremiah a small glimpse into the big picture.

You are Appointed to Your Tasks

God told Jeremiah, ''Before you were born I set you apart (consecrated you for my special use); I appointed you as a prophet to the nations'' (Jer. 1:5). God commissioned, appointed, or ordained Jeremiah as His spokesman before the foundation of the world. And one day Jeremiah became aware of His divine appointment. And God does the same for us.

Are you aware of your divine appointment? Are you convinced about God's truth concerning His lost world and what He wants you to do about it? Your appointment and my appointment will be different from Jeremiah's appointment, but all will be just as important as others in the bigger scheme of things.

Again in his book The Call, Os Guinness says,

Our primary calling as followers of Christ is by him, to him, and for him. First and foremost we are called to Someone (God), not to something (such as motherhood, politics, or teaching) or to somewhere (such as the inner city or Outer Mongolia).

Our secondary calling, considering who God is as sovereign, is that everyone, everywhere, and in everything should think, speak, live, and act entirely for him. We can therefore properly say as a matter of secondary calling that we are called to homemaking or to the practice of law or to art history. But these and other things are always the secondary, never the primary calling. They are ''callings'' rather than the ''calling.'' They are our personal answer to God's address, our response to God's summons. Secondary callings matter, but only because the primary calling matters most.

As Jeremiah was to discover, when he was up to his neck in the slime pit because of his secondary calling (his task), it was his primary calling (his relationship with God) that kept him faithful and sane.

Finding Joy in the Doing

So often we can get thoroughly fed up with the callings, or tasks, that we do for God in Christian service. If we don't have our primary calling overruling and overshadowing our secondary callings, we quit or at least lose all joy in the jo ...

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