“And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:2-4
When I read this, I am struck by how familiar these guys were with their gifts and their callings. They didn’t only know their purpose, they were intentional in living it out. Mainly in this passage, it is clear that they understood that they shouldn’t give up what God had required of them in order to fill in the void where things were lacking. It wasn’t their responsibility to fix things. It was their job to stay in their lane and run their race well. They knew that in picking up someone else’s tasks, they would be getting in the way of that someone else who is actually called to serve. If they took over the extra responsibilities, why would that person rise up to do their job? They most likely wouldn’t. The disciples purposefully avoided becoming a stumbling block in not taking on extra tasks by not standing in the way of someone’s calling. They focused in on their calling by delegating everything that came their way – everything that didn’t fall into the category of what they were meant to do was given to someone else. They eliminated distractions and as a result the time they would’ve spent doing someone else’s tasks was spent in prayer so that they could do their tasks most successfully.
Maybe we’re short on time because we’re doing things we’re not really called to do.
Maybe we’re frustrated with life because we’re not focused on our purpose and we keep looking at everyone else’s to find answers or make things happen.
We try to fulfill other peoples’ callings to find fulfillment within ourselves.
And that just flat out doesn’t work.
There is a difference between what we are called to steward and what we are asked or told to steward.
Often times, we feel overwhelmed because we are stewarding things that aren’t for us.
“…those who seek me diligently find me.” Proverbs 8:17
We cannot be lazy in our pursuit of Christ and expect to find Him.
If we find who we are and what our calling is in Christ, then we must seek Him diligently. It is so crucial that we hear His voice above the voice of others and above our own. Only then will we be able to eliminate the callings that we are trying to walk out that are not truly meant for us.