Every Call Equal

The nature of our competition, and the need to be loved, equips the Christ follower to be equally idealistic and competitive in their dealings. What I mean is that your calling, whether to a remote part of the world that is dangerous, or to the equally lost and apathetic suburb is just as important and significant. Neither is greater than the other.

The trend in Christianity is to rank what is more holy than the next. I am sure this has always been the case. If you are ministering in the suburbs and cutting checks to World Vision you are somehow less of a Christian than the one who quits his or her job for the mission field in a remote country. This is Christian immaturity. It is misinformed and rooted in insecurity and a lack of identity in Christ.

Faith comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Jesus is the judge of that faith, not you.

Every call of God is equal in it’s significance and worth. No two callings are the same, just as no two people are the same.

We are all called to defend the widow and the orphan, to feed and clothe the poor, but our personal calling is unique and specific to our gifting. Generally, the area in which God has gifted you is the area He intended for you to develop in service to Him and His body. We all have a tendency to focus on our calling and view it as the supreme calling. On top of our general responsibility to the poor and defenseless, some are specifically called full time to their aid. But as Paul mentions to the Ephesians, this is not everyone’s primary calling.

“So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:11-13

You have a specific calling that may or may not be centered around the poor. The accusation against the Church regarding the poor in our society, even from amongst those in the Church, has me questioning the spiritual nature of it’s origin. Christ Himself said you will always have the poor among you, as He rebuked the disciples when they tried to chastise Mary for pouring expensive perfume on Him while she worshipped (John 12). Peter also addresses this in the early church and appoints Stephen to the feeding of widows so he could give his, “attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word.” (Acts 6:4)

It isn’t all about the poor, it is all about Jesus. The Gospel has many different components.

Wherever you are, and wherever you find yourself, that is where you are to be a light. My accountant brings glory to God by using his expertise and skill to protect my ministry and family from the IRS. My lawyer is equally bringing glory to God in using his skill to protect me legally. Do I need them on a mission field? Yes, the one they already occupy.

Every part of the Body is important.

You Christian, where you are at, are a light to the world and play a significant role in the Kingdom. Do not diminish your God given gifts because of some book, trend, or movement. You can have Crazy Love for Jesus in the suburbs, and you can be a Radical in your same job. You can be an outstanding disciple of Christ anywhere. Do all that you can, with all that you have.

Now go and be witness wherever you find your feet today.

That is a great place to start.

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