As you should know, we started the Book of Luke this year on iDiscipleship. I pray you join us as we journey through it!
As MKs we need to be reminded of the call of God. In this week’s iDiscipleship readings, we see two passages that directly speak to that. In fact, I thought of you when I read Luke 5:11, “So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him” (NIV). Many of you feel like these disciples did when Jesus called them. They left everything behind! I also read Acts 20 (along with the Live/Dead Joy devotional), and noticed verse 22: “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there” (NIV). Many of your parents will identify with that verse; they sensed a compelling of God’s Spirit and couldn’t do anything but follow and obey His leading.
We understand our parents are called, but maybe the message has gotten old to you. Maybe you grew tired of hearing your parents tell the same stories a hundred times during itineration. Today I want to encourage you that the call of God on your parents’ lives is also your call. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knew us even before we were in our mother’s womb, so He knew exactly who you would be before He placed that “compelling” on your parents to go and share the gospel.
God knew you then, and He knows you now. Jeremiah 29:11 says “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ ” (NIV). God has a perfect plan for you! Your calling will be different than your parents’ calling because it will be specific to you. That doesn’t mean God will call you to live in a foreign country, but it does mean He is calling you to be set apart from this world and to follow Him.
So when you think about being an MK and the challenges that may come along with it, remember that God is with you! He called you. He sent you. He has a tremendous future for you. I challenge you to have the same goal Paul did, to “finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me” (Acts 20:24, NIV).