Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Call is the Need!

Lately I have been thinking a lot about God’s plan for people. I often hear of people who have been called to certain ministries, mission’s trips, to move, to witness to people, to quit a job, go to school etc. I whole heartedly know that God does call each of us to follow certain paths which He has laid out. But here is where I start to get curious. Start to wonder if there is more to that picture. And I would love to hear feedback on this topic as I am walking through it myself and curious what others might think!
When we were young children our parent’s often would set up “house rules” including such things as cleaning your room each day, putting your dishes in the dishwasher, hanging your coat up, no swearing, no running or something similar. If one day your father came up to you and reminded you to clean your room, he wasn’t doing so because you didn’t know, you merely weren’t following the original rules and he was reminding you. “Sweetheart, please go clean your room today,” or “Honey, there are still clothes all over your room!” So as children we hopefully would listen to our parent’s reminders and obey the original rules. However, had our father not reminded us, would that mean we no longer had to keep our room tidy? Would it void out the house rules? Was reminding us to do something more than once really necessary?
Now translate that back to the bible; A book which has clearly outlined all our “house rules.” We know we aren’t supposed to cheat, murder, steal or swear. We know we are commanded to take care of the widow, the orphan, the homeless and the needy. We know we are required to go out and witness to all the non believers. God has given us a lot of rules to follow and obey in the bible, and what I often wonder, is why do we need to be reminded of them? Why do we need to be “called” in order to follow them? Is the need not the call? There are millions of orphans in the world. There are millions of homeless people in the world, and that list goes on and on. Right now the majority of every needy group God describes to us in the bible are all being taken care of by government agencies. If they don’t happen to be lucky enough to live in a developed country, they might not even be taken care of at all. Yet the command is so simple! So why are we all waiting around to be called to something? Don’t get me wrong, I know God often calls us to great things and certain paths. Sometimes He even nudges us to speak to a certain person for a very specific reason. I am in no way trying to diminish how important God’s call on us is. I am, however, trying to point out, that as Christians God has given us some pretty big responsibilities, and I think many of us are not taking them on simply because we don’t think we have been “called” to do so.
So as much as this article can be directed to any number of topics, I of course am going to focus in on adoption. With the number of orphans around the world increasing every day and coming in around 160 million, I don’t think we can afford to wait around to be “reminded” to take action. We have already been told to …take care of the widow and orphan (James ). What more needs to be said? At the end of the day, when we know there are children living under horrible conditions, with no mom or dad, are we going to simply say “I wasn’t called?” Try and flip the situation around. For those of you, who have children; imagine that something happened to you that left them orphaned. Would you feel comfortable knowing they went into foster care because no one was “called” to take care of them? No, of course not! We would expect our loved ones, our family members, or our friends to stand up and take responsibility, the Christian thing to do. Well aren’t we all brothers and sisters in Christ? I think you catch my drift. I won’t bother going into this anymore as I am pretty sure the question is clear, is the call not the need?

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