In thinking about the call of Christ, that is the vocation and mission he calls us to, there is a tendency to put future potential at the forefront of our motivations. We think of all those who are in need, all those who could benefit from having a relationship with the Lord Jesus, all the possibilities and work that he might do through our efforts. Thus we lose sight of the impetus behind the calling in the first place: JESUS! The fact of the matter is that Jesus is and should always be the fundamental and paramount reason for the drive, desire and determination we receive to pursue our calling. If we allow ourselves even the slightest leakage of our own projections on the potential of our calling ahead of Jesus, then we have already begun to lose out on that potential.
Oswald Chambers writes about this: “A missionary is one sent by Jesus Christ as was sent by God. The great dominant note is not the needs of men, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in work for God is behind, not before. The tendency today is to put the inspiration ahead, to sweep everything in front us and bring it all out to our conception of success. In the New Testament the inspiration is put behind us, the Lord Jesus. The ideal is to be true to Him, to carry out His enterprises.” (My Utmost for His Highest, p. 300)
Chambers continues to describe how vital our relationship with the Lord is so that “his point of view”—to “love one another as I have loved you”—becomes first and foremost in our thinking and in our inspiration for our calling. As we pursue our calling it is easy to have his will replaced by the needs of people “until human sympathy absolutely overwhelms the meaning of being sent by Jesus.” This phenomenon also plays a part in wrongful witnessing, that is should holy inspiration be gradually replaced by human need, while possibly still doing good works, the world will look at that and comment on our human wisdom and understanding. This completely nullifies the glory of God’s power in us when that happens. We can recognize God’s inspiration in us, but should not allow the goal to replace that inspiration. “The astute mind behind is the Mind of God, not human wisdom at all. We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the Divine guidance of God through childlike people who were foolish enough to trust God’s wisdom and the supernatural equipment of God.”
Jesus himself reminds us of his and our role as partners in the Kingdom: “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher” (Luke 6:40). This is the process for being trained to become LIKE Jesus and for us to remember who is behind, in front of, and all around us in our calling for Christ. Thank you, Master Jesus, for calling us to love like you!