I’m blessed to lead a life group on Tuesday mornings when I, with a group of other men, work through the book of 1 Timothy. We were discussing the greeting portion of Paul’s letter. Paul calls himself an apostle by command of God. The word “command” sparked another verse in my head: 1 John 5:3, which says:
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
I got to thinking about the call of God on our lives, how sometimes it seems like a burden or a drag. That sometimes doing the thing He has called us to do seems inconvenient, impractical, or, quite frankly, like a burden. But it’s not – as John goes on to say, because whoever is born of God overcomes the world.
It’s far too easy to cop out of fulfilling the call of God on my life. It’s easier to spend my Saturday watching soccer matches instead of thinking about and preparing for my life group on Tuesday. It’s easier to kill time watching movies instead of preparing a lesson to teach kids at the church. It’s easier to not engage my brain in any fashion, especially not in spiritual things. But a revelation has begun to sink in – that the call of God, irrespective of how burdensome it may seem in comparison to other things, is not a burden, and that it can, in fact, be a source of incredible joy and fulfillment in life.
I write this to challenge myself as well as anyone who reads this and ask you: in what ways do you run from the call of God? Do you dread people? Dread your job? Dread engaging your mind? Dread giving up your free time?
I write also to encourage you that what God has called you to do is not a burden. If it seems impossible or like you’re unqualified, that’s a chance for Him to show His grace through you and to you.