These days there are many questions running through my mind. Questions about what I want to do when I grow up. As I have sought the counsel of the Spirit, and the counsel of trusted brothers and sisters in Christ, and the counsel of my family, I feel more and more drawn to a calling deeper than I feel comfortable following.
Today as I was spending some time in prayer the Lord reminded me of a great movie, one I have loved for years, Chariots of Fire. If you have not seen it, make a point of it soon. It is the story of Eric Liddell and his great olympic moment. I won’t give the movie away for you but he and his family were called to be missionaries, he also was fast! He loves to race but his sister fears it is pulling him away from his true calling to be a missionary. In a great scene in the movie, after his sister shares her concerns he tells her he will be a missionary, but first he must run. Let me share what Eric says to his sister Jenny; “Jenny you’ve got to understand. I believe that God made me for a purpose, for China, but he also made me fast and when I run I feel His pleasure to give it up would be to hold him in contempt. You were right, it’s not just fun. To win is to honor Him.”
I also recently read in that great Oswald Chambers classic My Utmost For His Highest; “Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again, not from successfully doing something of my own choosing.” I believe that God has not made me fast, but he has given me a big mouth. He has blessed me with the ability to tell a good story, to hold people’s attention, to share who He is through me. I must say as I have been reflecting on this I am beginning to understand what Eric Liddell understood when he talked about “feeling God’s pleasure when he ran.” I can say when I have a chance to “tell HIS Story” I feel His pleasure.
24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24 (NIV)
I believe that God has and is calling me to use His Gift to share His Story, with as many people as I can. I will be honest, I have no idea who reads this poor beggars blog, but I would ask you to join me in prayer as my wife Shirley and I discern HOW God is calling us into ministry. All else that brings me happiness and joy pales in the light of doing the will of my Father. It feels like a big leap off the edge to me, and incase you don’t know me, I don’t even like going close to the edge.