Called or Driven?
righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.”.
Is it wrong to be passionate about the kingdom? Is it wrong to be ‘always about my father’s business’? I am not a lazy person who just sits around waiting for divine revelation. Is it not okay to do great things for God?
This past Sunday, Dr. Mel Blackaby (my pastor) made one of those statements that just ‘hit me upside the head’ (that’s the way they say it in the South); “People don’t need to see others doing great things for God, they just need to see God Himself - in me ”. (Italics mine.)
When you look at Jesus in His time here, you see Him making His way through the bustling, pawing, and demanding crowds with peace, bearing, and purpose. Because He had such a clear sense of His calling, He was not in a hurry, but kept pressing toward His goal, and as we know, was able to complete the “work the Father gave Him to do”, "I have finished the work You gave me to do.” John 17:4
He was called. “I can do nothing on my own. I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will.” John 15:30 New Living
However, many of us are as pastor Mel said, “doing great things for God”. We live our lives more as one driven. What does a driven person look like? Well, here are a few things that come to mind:
- Results oriented
- In constant pursuit of expansion
- Restless and Intense
- Very Competitive
- “Too busy for Integrity”
- Pre-occupied with symbols of achiemement
By contrast, Isaiah paints a picture of work accomplished God's way, whereby peace and tranquility shall be found in this work of righteousness. True satisfaction can be found only in a confident relationship with God.
Oh how I pray it shall be with you and me as it was with Chrit. God has CALLED us to a work - to join Him -in His work - to fulfill a divine purpose, be it in the context of the market place, the church or wherever you are, they are all the same. Hence, no one can compare or claim that one is greater than the other. If your lifestyle and approach to His work reflect a DRIVEN person as opposed to the CALLED one as described in Isaiah 32:17, perhaps it is time to take inventory and see if you are “Called or Driven”?
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