Behind the counter of a truck stop in the middle of the night, I was kneeling on the floor. I could hear the sound of the door opening but I did not want to be distracted! I was praying to God! I had been reading my Bible in the very lonely hours of the night, working the graveyard shift and it finally happened! I figured it out! Jesus died for me and He wanted me to follow Him.
I heard the clearing of someone's throat.
"Is anyone here?"
"Amen." I stood up and with a huge smile on my face and the sense of wonderful peace in my soul, the first words out of my mouth were, "How can I help you?"
Its funny because for many years afterwards, I struggled trying "to find my place in this world". Michael W. Smith really had it right (it was my favorite and first Christian song).
But why? Why do so many Christians struggle finding their calling and purpose in Christ? We search and we search and wonder what specific job has for us to do. We try to find the answer to one of the most easily answered questions in the world.
What is my purpose in Christ? I'm Christian... what now? What can we possibly do for God? He has blessed us so much and we want to please Him but we just can't seem to figure out how.
I went to church, continued to read my Bible and read over ever single verse about what we are to be doing as Christians for His name's sake. But it was like it went right over my head. I didn't fully comprehend the words I was reading. So I waited and waited for the Lord to tell me what to do. It took many wasted years.
It wasn't until much later when it finally hit me. I was reading Matthew chapter 25 for the second or third time but this time was different. I wasn't looking at it for end times hints or prophecy, I was reading it with the mentality of wanting to serve Christ. It's amazing how direct it is at describing everything Christians are supposed to be doing for God and the advancement of the Kingdom.
Are you ready for it? Here it is...
"“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
I had the answer the whole time!
When I stood up to help that first customer after professing my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the answer came out of my mouth!
"How may I help you?"
God has called us to see Him in every one we meet; to serve them, clothe them, feed them, give them something to drink. He called us to invite strangers in and visit them when they are sick or in prison. Jesus said that when we do this for them, it is as though we are doing it to and for Him. Wow!
We don't need a special revelation or an audible voice from heaven or a special anointing to do it. You don't even need to know everything about the Bible to do it. Anyone can do it. Anyone and everyone is called to serve.
We do this at ReDiscover Church with our local and global missions. Globally we gave over 1,000 toys to single-parented or orphaned children in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Juarez, Mexico. Locally we find a need and we do the best we can to fill it! We strive to see Jesus in every person we meet and preach the Gospel wherever we go!
So it's this simple. If you are searching for something to do for God, look around you. Find a need and fill it. It is the only way we can get close to repaying God for all He has done for us and what Christ asks us to do.