Whether we want to admit it or not, we are dependent on other pray-ers. In Matthew 9:38 Jesus said, “Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” Am I a laborer because someone, some time, some place, obeyed Jesus’ command and prayed that God would send forth a laborer to the field in which I’m working? This is a humbling thought, and removes all the ego and pride about my ministry, my calling. Because somebody prayed, did I change into God’s laborer?
Behind every specific call, whether it is to teach or preach or write or encourage or comfort, there is a deeper call that gives shape to the first: the call to give ourselves away – the call to die.
The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude.
Some people have a warped idea of living the Christian life. Seeing talented, successful Christians, they attempt to imitate them. For them, the grass on the other side of the fence is always greener. But when they discover that their own gifts are different or their contributions are more modest (or even invisible), they collapse in discouragement and overlook genuine opportunities that are open to them. They have forgotten that they are here to serve Christ, not themselves.