Our Calling Always Comes Back to This

 

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“Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist,and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.”  John 13:3-5

“Sometimes, the time for talking is done. There are no more words to be said. We just need to serve; to do our duty. John 13:3-5 paints this picture of quiet, humble service. Jesus doesn’t announce Himself. He doesn’t point anything out. He doesn’t explain. He just serves. His was authentic service.” -YouVersion

As I studied these verses and commentary this morning, one of  ideas that stood out to me was the confidence and certainty Jesus portrayed.  In this moment ,he didn’t try to defend his actions, he simply did the work He was called to do.  Jesus’ focus was securely fixed on the bigger picture.  I know where I come from.  I know where I’m going.  I know my purpose. 

I love the lesson we can learn from this one moment in time.  Without hesitation, Jesus followed through on his purpose.  Why?  Because he could see, with complete clarity, the starting line and the finish line.   

I wonder how much our lives would change and grow if we simply learned to keep a firm grasp on those three things.

I know where I come from.
I know where I am going.
I know what my purpose is while I am here in-between.

Yet, its hard, isn’t it? We spend a lot of time trying to figure out our “specific callings” in life, don’t we?   I know I have.  And yet, if we strip away all the questions and unknowns, it will always come back to this one answer:  Serve others

You want to know what you’re supposed to do with your life?  You want God to give you a sign? This is the billboard for us to follow and respond to as we journey down life’s highway.

Jesus quietly got up from his seat and went to work helping others.

It’s that simple.

I know it doesn’t seem that simple.  Yet, I can’t help but wonder whether all the questions get in the way of the answer that’s staring us in the face.  I can’t help but wonder if serving others is actually the key to discovering our specific and so-called callings in this life. We have a tendency to hold back and put life on hold while we wait for the writing in the sky to become clear,  But,  I wonder if the answers we are seeking are found somewhere in between getting up from our seats and kneeling at the feet of others.

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