The Greatest Calling You Will Ever Receive - By Luke LeFevre
“Follow Me...” This was the call of Christ to His disciples and it is the call He extends to all of mankind today.
It’s a call to go where He is going, to do what He is doing, and to change the world in the midst of it.
When Jesus gave this call, the Word says that the disciples “Immediately dropped their nets and followed Him” (Matt 4:20).
They did not ask Jesus to join them in what they were doing.
They did not ask Jesus to follow them, as many of us seem to do (how often it seems that we treat Jesus as our personal assistant instead of our Lord).
Instead, they responded to His call and went where He was going.
Revelation 3:15-16 tells us that the call to follow Jesus is an ‘all or nothing’ call. There is no middle ground.
There is no lukewarm option. We are either hot or cold, in or out, against Him or for Him.
Now, we will never follow Jesus perfectly, and He doesn’t expect us to. There will always be areas of greater surrender that the Holy Spirit continues to reveal to us, because we are going from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). But the response that Jesus is looking for from us is simply this: “Yes.”
God is looking for people who will say, “Yes.”
A popular story about saying yes to God in the Bible is when God calls the prophet Isaiah. I had heard this story many times in regard to answering the call of God, but as I read it more recently, I saw something I’d never seen before.
As the story begins, Isaiah is taken into the throne room of God. And as he stands in the midst of God’s glory he hears a voice cry out, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” To which Isaiah cries out in response, “Here I am! Send me.”
Now, what I realized about this verse was that God was not actually calling to Isaiah!
You may be thinking, “What do you mean? God was calling Isaiah to preach!” Not exactly.
Although Isaiah responded, God was not talking directly to Isaiah.
What I love about this passage is that God doesn’t come directly to Isaiah and say, “Isaiah, I need a man to go and preach to Israel, and you are just the man to do it. Will you go?”
Who would say no to that? In reality, God sends out a broad call from heaven to any who would respond. God was looking for someone—anyone—to respond to His call, and Isaiah steps forward and says, “Here I am. Send me.”
In this generation it seems that many are waiting for God to come to them and say, “I have a mission for you.” When, in actuality, God is sending out a call to any who would come to Him and respond to the call to change history.
A call to those who would say, “Yes. Send me.”
Does God have specific plans for our lives? Absolutely! He has spoken so much to me about the individual call on my life. But we are called to follow Him, not to have Him follow us and accommodate our vision.
So in light of this, how do we live this type of life?
How do we live with a burning passion to follow the call of Christ?
Well, my answer may be different, and quite possibly simpler, than you expect.
All of this begins and ends with one thing: hunger for God Himself. It’s not, primarily about passion for the lost, or fervor to change history, or even a hunger to serve God. All of those things are amazing, but they all are byproducts of a deep, passionate love relationship with God Himself.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 22 that the greatest commandment is to “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.” The Apostle Paul, when speaking about why he left his past behind to follow Christ said this, “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8).
The word that Paul uses in this verse is more than simply knowing about God. The word means, “To know by experience.”
He had experienced the love of God, and was hungry to go deeper... His goal was Jesus, nothing less.
I used to think that life was about the mission. I used to pride myself in telling other people that, “I could never be satisfied doing small things for God.” Although it sounds quite noble, I was missing the point.
I remember one day praying and asking God to use me in mighty ways and bring millions of souls into the kingdom through me. As I was praying, the Holy Spirit responded and said, “If I asked you to sweep floors for the rest of your life and never speak in front of a crowd, but you got deeper relationship with Me out of it, would you do it?” It stopped me in my tracks.
I didn’t even understand why He would ask such a question. But I responded and said, “God, I will go anywhere and do anything you ask, as long as I have You.”
I am convinced that the greatest calling we can ever have is to know God.
Everything else is secondary. Has God called us to great things? Yes! But it’s when we realize that greatness is an outflow of relationship with God that everything changes.
Daniel 11:32 says, “Those who know their God will display strength and perform great exploits.”
The opportunity to enter into a relationship with God is the most extraordinary call we will ever receive.
And when we fall in love with Jesus, saying yes to every other call becomes simple.
Luke is a 20-year-old writer from Nashville, Tennessee who has a passion for reaching his generation with the good news of Jesus Christ’s love and power. He is passionate about igniting a hunger for God and a fervor for revival in his generation and he is currently involved in leading a campus ministry at Columbia State Community College.