A Time to Wait: Discovering God's calling - Word&Way

A Time to Wait: Discovering God’s calling

Today's Scripture: Hebrews 11:1, 7-8

Chris CalmerWhile in college, I have to admit, that being "called" to ministry and getting an accounting degree seemed a bit like Noah building an ark during a drought. Part of this feeling related to my own inexperience. I was naïve in understanding the many ways ministries need support.

Thankfully, I have learned that being "called" to ministry does not mean we have to be a pastor, evangelist, chaplain or missionary in a foreign land. There are endless ways to support and further ministry causes.

I am constantly amazed at the dedication I see around me from those serving in ministry. Some of the people I admire most include nurses caring for the aged, missionary pilots who fly in remote jungles, house-parents who care for kids who have been neglected and abused, consultants who train ministers in specific areas of ministry, volunteers who sort clothes and pack boxes of food for the needy, and the list could go on and on.

Hebrews 11 is often called the "Hall of Faith." The examples given through this chapter in God's Word should encourage us and inspire us to be faithful, as well.

Some of you reading this may be asking some questions similar to those I had. You may be wondering why you are studying a certain subject, or why you are in a specific job, or why you are living in a town far from family and friends. Whatever your circumstance, recognize that God has a plan for you, and all he asks is that you remain faithful to him and seek his direction for your life.

Waiting for these answers can be hard. I encourage you to stand firm in your faith and be reminded of those who waited for the Messiah and the miracle of his birth 2,000 years ago.

Chris Calmer is the Missouri Baptist Foundation president and treasurer. 

This 2011 Advent devotion originally appeared in the November 17 issue of Word&Way.

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