“Bold, brave adventurous souls to accompany me on an exciting voyage.
Final destination? Home.
First few stops? Uncertain, but probably off the maps and charts.
Length of journey? Unknown.
Hazards and dangers? Many.
Cost to you? Your time, money, and maybe your life itself.
Rewards? God alone knows but God alone decides.
Opportunity? One of a lifetime!
Will you come with me?”
-Christopher Columbus, 1491.
This is supposedly what Columbus posted when he was looking for a crew. He was about to set sail on his first voyage west, a pioneering journey.
I love the spirit in which this was written, it speaks to my adventurous nature and sparks up passion in me to get out there and do something!
Yet, it also speaks to my heart about what God, at some point in our lives asks us..
Will you come with Me?
God has a plan for all of us.
He designed us with just the right talents, temperaments, personalities and gifts that would aid us in the calling He created for us.
He places the gift of our life’s purpose before us, but here is the catch..
We get to choose whether or not we will accept it.
He made us with all those things for a reason, and if you ask Him, He will show you that reason.. But He will not force it upon you.
To walk out your calling, you have to want to.
To live in purpose, you must decide to.
God wants to do amazing things with you and your life, but you have to be open and willing to let Him do those things.
Today, maybe you’re already walking in your calling. God placed it before you and you ran after it with everything within you.
Some of you have been running from your calling. It’s too out there for you, you would have to give up too much to live the way God has asked you to.. God placed your purpose in front of you, but in your mind the cons outweigh the pros, you’re too afraid to say yes to God because it means saying no to yourself.
Some of you may have no idea what your calling is at all..
But, to encourage and challenge all of you today, myself included.. I want to take a look back at Columbus’s ad for a crew and replace the theme with God’s placing an ad for you to accept your calling.
“Bold, brave adventurous souls to accompany Me on an exciting journey.”
Often times the bravest thing you could ever do is doing what God has asked you to do. We must be bold and brave, our souls relying on God for direction. God’s calling for us is exciting because it is fulfilling. I promise there is hardly any greater feeling you can experience than the feeling of fulfillment.
Fulfillment comes when who we are (who God made us to be) is aligning with what we are doing (what God made us to do). You cannot find lasting fulfillment by doing anything else.
“Final destination? Home.”
As believers, we know our final destination.. Its the place that we can sing of and dream of in the midst of the most challenging circumstances.. Our eternal, heavenly home.
“First few stops? Uncertain, but probably off the maps and charts.”
When we accept our calling, the path God sets before us appears. But, just because it appears before us, this doesn’t mean it is clear. The uncertainty of what lies ahead is the beauty of what makes our faith strong, our complete trust in our heavenly Father.
The start and finish of our life with God is quite clear; it’s the journey in between those two points that we have the chance to change our world for the glory of the one who created it.
Between those two definite points, there is the chance for God to shape our indefinite lives.
Our stops along the way can be full of freedom, fulfillment, purpose and joy.. We just have to say yes to the journey.
“Length of journey? Unknown.”
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then it vanishes.” -James 4:14
The length of our life is unknown, we are never promised tomorrow.
Our lives in comparison to the vastness of eternity are nothing but a mist, a morning fog that is here for just a little while..
Knowing that our lives are short, that their lengths are unknown.. Would you be content with the life you’ve lived thus far if you died tonight?
Would you have felt like you accomplished greatness on any scale?
Would you feel like you gave all you had to God in the time you were given?
Would you have left a lasting impact on some person or place in the world?
If you answered no, what are the things you wished you would’ve accomplished?
(The answer to that may hold the key to your calling.)
“Hazards and dangers? Many.”
The things that your calling will typically endanger involves your comfort.
To live a life that makes a difference, you have to let go of the things that don’t really matter .
Your calling will lead you to some dangerous places, spiritually, emotionally, and possibly even physically.. It will lead you to places and things that you cannot control. Your calling will take you out in the waters where the waves are way over your head. But there is beauty in this, so much beauty..
Its when we are in over our heads into our calling that God can take our hand and guide us and where He can take our heart and grow it.
The great thing about being in over your head is that it no longer matters how deep the water is.
Because regardless of how deep the water is, God still stands tall and His love and purpose for our lives is deeper still.
“Cost to you? Your time, money and maybe your life itself.”
Our callings do come at a cost, I won’t sugar coat it.
When God calls us to one thing, that means He’s calling us away from other things.
What He calls us to is not always easy, in some respect it will be dangerous because here is a little secret to life..
Anything worth having will always cost you something.
To go up in this life, we must be willing to give things up.
Be encouraged though, what we are asked to give up is nothing compared to what we gain. Everything God has ever asked me to give up, He has always returned.
And when He returns it, it is always better than it was when I gave it up.
“Rewards? God alone knows but God alone decides.”
The cost of a calling is so high, because the reward of it is so great.
We risk so much, but the reward outweighs the risk.
The reward is the chance to live a life that goes beyond ourselves because God’s calling for us always involves others.
If we live our lives for ourselves, we may gain success for ourselves.
But when we live our lives for others, we gain not just success, but also significance.
A life lived for others will not die when we die, it will out live us because it is still being lived in others, this is significance.
I promise you, significance will always be greater than success.
“Opportunity? One of a lifetime!”
Is there anything that could be greater than achieving greatness for the One who sent His only Son out of glory so that we might ourselves enter into glory with Him?
The opportunity before us is great, because we have the opportunity to attempt greatness for God!
The opportunity is that God can use us to change the world, if we let Him.
The opportunity is that we can impact lives, save souls, heal hearts, and love those who have never been loved.
The opportunity is making a difference, with people who want to make a difference, doing something that makes a difference at the time God has called us to make a difference!
Within all of us is the longing to know that the world would have been changed in some way when we were no longer in it.
We all long to make a difference, and we all can..
“Will you come with Me?”
You can make a difference.
You can live a life that matters..
There’s just one question you have to answer,
“Will you come with me?” -God
Today you’re faced with this question, and God will love you no matter what you answer.
Will you live the life you’re capable of living? Or continue to live a life of mediocre comfort?
Will you accept the calling God has created for you? Will you start impacting the world in the way that only you can? Or will you reject God’s will for you and live a life that’s self centered, pleasing only to yourself and lacking purpose?
The choice is yours.
Will you go with Him?