Commissioned Uniquely (Day 32 of the Resurrection)

I’ve always loved those scriptures that say, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” 1 Cor 12:4-6

You and I can have the same gift but it can be expressed totally differently, according to our God created personalities! How great is that? Such freedom to embrace our own expressions and such freedom to appreciate other people’s expressions. Lots of room for everyone!

When Jesus commissioned Peter to love and feed His sheep, with the add-on how he would suffer and die, Peter looked over at John. “What about him?” he asks.

Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” John 21:22

I can safely say that any time we get tempted into the trap of comparison – in its many forms – it will never do anyone any good. There’s a life in Christ that we are all called to and it will have its joys and sufferings that are our own. In it all, we always come back to Jesus’ answer given to Peter and given to us. You must follow me. We can look back at others, who they are, what they have been given, what they are called to all we want but the bottom is, it’s a waste of time. We each have been created by God in a unique fashion, we are each given joys and sorrows, gifts and callings. The call is to know our own following of Christ.

Reflection Questions:

1. Do you sense your calling or is it a time when you don’t have a clue? How do either of these scenarios (whichever is real for you) feel to you. Give this some space. Let your feelings know a welcome.

2. Is there someone else in your sphere currently that you admire, wish you could be more like? Do you have envy towards that person or are you threatened by that person? What is it that this person has that you wish you could have? Why? Is it connected to a reoccurring struggle in accepting yourself or a hurt from your past?

3. What do you really want to do? Not what you think you should or what others want you to do. If you could do whatever you wanted, what would it be?

4. Do you have a sense that your calling or leading of God is not as important? Why?

Prayer: After you talk to God about all the reflection findings, sit in silence and imagine Jesus coming to you where you are at. Instead of coming and chastising you for anything you have honestly admitted through the reflection, He is smiling at you.

Imagine that he comes and sits in front of you and says the following:

I get you. I know the places you struggle. I am so glad you can be honest with me – I don’t want you to struggle on your own. I’ve made you to be a beautiful soul. I see things in you that you are often blind to. Not the false self things…but your true self, re-birthed in me. As a human you will always struggle at times. Don’t worry. Give it space. Talk to me about it. Now I have something I would love for you to do with me. Can you partner with me and we will do it together? We can share the joys and the heartaches of your calling together. We can laugh and roll our eyes together and when you think you can’t go on, I’ll hold you and give you time just to be cared for. I know what its like to be human. I love you deeply and anything I lead you to do is meant to be done with me, not all by yourself. And there is no calling that isn’t full of my glory. Let go of worldly ideas that tell you different. Will you follow me and leave others to their calling as well? Will you walk in freedom to be and do what I have created you to be and do? It’s the only way to go.

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