Driscoll on Training the Called

Not calling the trained. God is the One who first gives the calling. Consider this exchange:

See, for me, I see it this way: how do you know you’re called to something? Well, part of it is God gives you an innate desire. That’s why it says in 1 Peter 5, “Don’t lead because people made you lead, lead because you desire to, that you want to.” That’s why Paul says elsewhere, “If anyone desires the office of overseer, it’s a noble thing they desire.” It’s a good thing to have a desire.

So I was talking to a new Christian recently and they were unsure about God’s calling on their life. “I don’t know what God wants me to do. Got all these new decisions to make in life now that I’m a new Christian.” And they were very kind of panicked about it, “What do I do?”

I said, “Don’t worry about God’s calling, first worry about God. The Bible says, ‘Delight yourself in the Lord, and he’ll give you the desires of your heart.'” I said, “Are you enjoying the Lord?”

They said, “Yeah, I’m reading my Bible. I’m praying. I’m in a community group and reading good books, and I’m repenting of sin, and I’m seeing the ways that I’m not like Jesus, and my life is changing and yeah, I feel like there’s momentum, and I’m really excited about Jesus, and I’m growing.”

“Great.”

This person looked at me and said, “Well, what do I do?”

I said, “Do whatever you want.”

They’re like, “What? Do whatever I want?”

“Yeah, because if you delight yourself in the Lord, he’ll give you the desires of your heart. He’ll put desires on your heart, so that God’s desires become your desires.” Augustine said it this way, “Love God and do whatever you please.” I said, “Well, what do you like?”

They’re like, “Well, I like serving people, and I’m pretty extroverted and, you know, I like welcoming people.”

“So you want to be a greeter?”

“Yeah, I’d love to be a greeter. And I love hospitality and I love getting people together.”

“So someday you’d like to be a community group leader?”

“That’d be great. I’m not ready yet, but maybe I could apprentice and get ready.”

“Yeah, that’d be a great idea. How does that sound?”

“That sounds really fun. Should I do it?”

“Do you want to?”

“Yeah, well, how do I know if it’s God will or my will?”

“Well, if you’re enjoying the Lord, his will becomes your will. He’s glorified, you’re satisfied, other people are helped. Everybody wins, that’s ministry.” It’s more about our heart enjoying the Lord, and then we’ll want to do what he wants us do.

Amen!

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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