As a teen, I attended some huge youth conferences with my church and they tended to have something in common:
There was always a tremendously dynamic speaker who had a jaw-dropping testimony of God’s grace: He did drugs. He was in a gang. His girlfriend got pregnant and he made her have an abortion. He was an alcoholic, who was addicted to pornography, and homeless.
Then He met Jesus.
By the time the testimony was over, the altars were flooded with teens crying and praying for God to save them and use them.
But my story didn’t seem to fit in. They’d ask if anyone felt “called to ministry” and I’d raise my hand and pray that God use me “anywhere” and send me “anywhere.”
Only, how could He use a girl like me? I’m relatively boring and surely the world truly needed displays of God’s grace and mercy on a grand scale.
I prayed and searched for God’s will for my life, but I didn’t end up in foreign missions or traditional full-time ministry. So, does that mean God didn’t call me after all?
Now, that’s my story. How I struggled to truly let grace seep deep in my soul.
How I searched so hard for one “big calling,” that I overlooked the impact of daily obedience and the calling to follow Him right here, right now, serving Christ by serving others in small ways every single day.
Your story might be like mine. Maybe you desperately want to follow Jesus “anywhere,” but you can’t see where He wants you to go.
Or perhaps your story is entirely different. Maybe you have that testimony of radical transformation, but you feel like an unworthy vessel, unfit for His use.
“Calling” is a tricky subject for Christians. It sometimes trips us up into a mess of confusion.
We talk about God “calling” me to do this or “calling” me to do that, but we don’t always know what that looks like day in and day out.
And sometimes we miss it entirely.
When I wrote in my book, Anywhere Faith, about following God anywhere He calls us to go, I shared some truths about “calling” because God wants all of us to follow Him, whether that’s around the world, across the street, or in our own homes.
God calls all of us
Maybe He called you to foreign missions or full-time ministry. Maybe He called you to pray for the teachers at your kids’ school or to help young moms who need encouragement.
If we obsess over what someone else’s calling looks like, we can sometimes miss what He has planned for us.
God uses the ordinary. He uses the everyday and the mundane. He uses the untrained. He uses the sinner who repents and the prodigal who returns. He uses us despite our past and even sometimes because of our past (Anywhere Faith).
Callings don’t have to be (And often aren’t) glamorous or grand.
I’m not a speaker at conferences talking about deliverance from addiction. Today, I have played Play Doh with my son, scheduled doctor’s appointments for my kids, prayed for my family, written to you, washed dishes and laundry, and performed a million small and seemingly insignificant tasks that are actually ministry.
Sure, the disciples traveled with Jesus, witnessed miracles, and even healed and performed miracles themselves in Christ’s name.
But the calling wasn’t all glitz and glamor. They packed light and traveled far. They left families and jobs behind to pursue Jesus.
Jesus told them to bend low, to do the dirty jobs, to wash feet, to love outcasts, to touch lepers.
He asks us to humbly serve others every day, too.
Your calling might not be to a stage or arena; it may be to faithfulness at work, witness in your community, and ministry to your family. Every “calling’ is significant to Him.
God can use you right where you are
We can get so caught up looking for big visions for our future that we miss the ways He asks us to serve today. I’ve done it myself, praying desperately for God to show me “His will for my life” instead of His will for this moment.
Let’s ask God to show us the next right step and walk that way. We can trust Him with our future.
When we talk about calling, let’s remember this:
God isn’t looking for the flashiest vessels; He’s looking for yielded vessels…
He uses the humble, the willing and the obedient (Anywhere Faith).
May we be yielded today, humble today, and obedient today as we follow Him “Anywhere.”
To read more about how to overcome our excuses and insecurities and follow God “Anywhere,” i hope you’ll read my new book Anywhere Faith, which releases on October 3, 2016.