Santa running on the beach. It is more to grab your attention with the oddity but it is somewhat related to our discussion today.
I was cleaning up the pastors office a little (still a long way to go) and I found some old memorization cards from a series we did a few years ago through Ephesians.
The memory verse from the first two weeks was Ephesians 4:1-2:
Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love,
That reminds me (as does Santa) that the way in which something is done is as important if not more important than what is being done. It isn’t just that God has called us to something. He has called us to something great, a God sized vision of wonderfully, eternally impacting things. But the fulfillment of that calling needs to be done in the best way possible.
Some could point out many reasons as to why God wants us to “run our race” in a certain way, but I think one of the most pertinent reasons considering these verses is that we have to consider others.
We aren’t just running a race independently. Our race connects with others races. When our race is over another picks it up. And as we run our race another person is running a race that makes our race look great and our race makes another race go more smoothly.
God’s work in each individuals calling is intertwined in God’s larger plan. So it isn’t just a matter of making sure we get the specific task done but also that we do it in such a way that complements the work of others not distracts from the work of others.