You’re doing it all wrong

Galatians 2:7-8 On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews. For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles.

Take a fairly simple task, give it to three people, and you will find that they likely will do it differently.  Let’s take a puzzle for example.  I am a border first kind of guy.  Other people like to create groupings of objects or colors first.  Other people start with a section and work left to right or top to bottom.  So what happens when an border first person watches a objects first person do a puzzle.  “You’re doing it all wrong,” would be a natural response.

What’s wrong?  What’s right for that matter?  It really comes down to the way we work.  It comes down to the way God made us.  And there are some things that come down to the calling that God has placed on us.  Newsflash: all Christians don’t have the exact same calling. Now don’t get all technical on me.  I realize we are all called to make disciples of all nations etc. etc.  But I am talking about a specific calling – kind of like Paul’s and Peter’s.

What if every Christian was called to the same people group, the same country, state, county, and city?  It would get crowded and non-Christians would either get saved or really, really annoyed.  Or possibly both.  That’s not how God works, though.  He calls us to different places and this is a good thing.  He has an agenda far greater than we can see with our own two eyes.  He wants to save – get this – the ENTIRE world.  Doing so will take a Paul going to the Gentiles and a Peter going to the Jews, and so on.

It drives me crazy really, when some people try to put their calling on others.  Not everyone should be pastors or missionaries or evangelists or IRS auditors.  (I just threw that last one in there to see if you were paying attention.)  We all have a different calling.  The question really is, are you pursuing it?  Are you seeking God to discover it?  Paul knew who and what he was called to.  Peter knew who and what he was called to.  If you can’t say the same for yourself, I encourage you to spend some time with the Lord and start asking.

2 thoughts on “You’re doing it all wrong

    1. Great to see this in print.
      So many people try and overload people with things that they are not theirs to do.
      It’s often a cop-out, we often fail to start in our own calling so try and delegate it to someone else.
      The comment above it right. It is an obedience issue.
      I think that many Christians are great procrastinators … we wait for everything to be right. The ducks all lined up in a row, the money counted, the right house, the right job, etc, etc. Worse still when asked, we say that ‘Gods timing’ is perfect and we are waiting for that before we start.
      What God wants for us is to take the first step in what he has called us to do.
      A step of faith, a leap into the unknown.

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