“Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.” – 1 Corinthians 7:17.
God repeats things because we need it and so we “get it.” Take our calling in life. Three times Paul tells the Corinthian believers to stay where put because God will use them right where they are: The first is 1 Corinthians 7:17. The second is 1 Corinthians 7:20: “Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you.” and the third is four verses later, “Each of you, dear brothers and sisters,[h] should remain as you were when God first called you.” (1 Corinthians 7:24)
God wants to use us in the here and now. God doesn’t just call those we put on a pedestal. God doesn’t move just through those that better fit the spiritual stereotype. The body of Christ is far bigger than that. The Holy Spirit moves without labels. God is ready to use you and call you and welcome you just as you are. You may not think you’re qualified. The world may not think you’re up to the task. But God does. God has placed us where we are. My calling is to know, love, and live for Jesus, and to be faithfully obedient to do whatever God leads me to do, wherever He leads me to do it. And that is the exact same calling you have as a Christian: to know, love, and live for Jesus, and to faithfully serve Him and His purposes, right where He has you.
Tim Keller puts it this way: “Your life is not a series of random events. Your family background, education and life experiences–even the most painful ones–all equip you to do some work that no one else can do. Ephesians 2:10 says, ‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’”
We can make a difference when we serve where we are planted. In Ezekiel 22:30 God says, “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.” God is looking for that one who can make his or her mark.
Whether you where you are today by choice or by circumstance, God called you to the place where you are right now. He has a purpose for you there. Every corner of our culture is in need of people who will reflect the beauty of God’s kindness, love, truthfulness, justice, and grace to the world, and who will share the truth about Jesus with those who are broken and lost.
It means trusting God that you are exactly where you are meant to be, and being faithful right there.
- Is is possible to be what God wants you to be where you are now? Why or what not?
- What can we do to better serve God right where we are this week?