Life At Its Best: Stewarding God's call

Where do you see yourself in the next few years? Our family has made it a tradition to take one night a year and answer this question. As we go around the table, we take turns sharing the dreams and goals God has placed in our hearts. Then, we talk about how we plan on reaching those goals.

We do this because we've come to understand that fulfilling God's plan for our life doesn't just happen. It requires us living with the daily habits and principles necessary to live out his call. Ephesians 4:1 tells us to, "Live a life worthy of the calling you have received."

God has a unique and specific plan for each one of us. And when we steward his call well, embracing his principles, we'll watch his plan come to pass. We see this truth in the story of Matthew, found in the Gospels.

Matthew was a tax collector working under the Roman government. One day, as Jesus was walking by, he saw Matthew and said to him, "Follow me." Without question, Matthew got up and followed Jesus.

Later that day, the two headed to Matthew's house for dinner. As they ate, many "tax collectors and sinners" came to visit, and they all sat around the table, listening intently as Jesus spoke.

Matthew recognized God's call on his life that day and became one of Jesus' disciples. He developed into a strong, capable leader God was able to use in incredible ways.

We can see certain principles Matthew lived by that enabled him to succeed.

First of all, Matthew honored authority. Not only did he honor and obey Jesus' authority, but he also honored his Roman authorities. And God's called us to do the same with those in authority over us.

He puts people over us for our benefit, so we can grow, develop and be protected. He watches how we respond to them and blesses us when we keep an attitude of honor regardless how imperfect they are.

Secondly, we see that Matthew pursued peace with people. The tax collectors and sinners felt comfortable around him because he accepted and embraced them.

Fulfilling God's will requires us to value and work with all different kinds of people. It takes people to get what God wants done, so valuing others is vital to fulfilling his plan.

Lastly, Matthew was teachable. As a famous basketball coach once said, "It's what we learn after we know it all that counts."

God has placed people in our lives that can help us get where he's called us to be, but we must be willing to learn. Allow God's wisdom and the wisdom of godly mentors to help you move forward.

So, now I pose the question to you: Where do you see yourself in the next few years? I encourage you to steward that call and those dreams well.

Honor the authority he's placed in your life and pursue peace with those around you. Then, be teachable and allow God to mold you as you pursue the great plan he has for you!

Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.