Have you ever felt that God has called you to do something? Have you read stories where people say that God called them to open up a book store or an ice cream shop or, like us, create a film company?
Why does God ask us to do such things?
God asks us to be obedient to these calls. But why? He doesn’t need anything from us. Our efforts are not necessary to save souls. God’s creation alone is more powerful than anything we could ever do ourselves. A sunset can touch more lives than any Christian film ever and they repeat every evening.
Does God want us to be obedient in order to show us that he is greater and we are lesser? Is it about him making us aware of our place in the universe? Is it subservient in nature?
The amazing thing about God’s call to obedience is that it doesn’t benefit him at all. It is a completely selfless request. Each call is uniquely molded for each individual. That’s how special we are.
God wants one simple thing… to spend eternity with us. That’s it. It doesn’t get more complex than that.
God reminds us repeatedly in the Bible that we cannot achieve Heaven on our own. We must rely on him, abandon this fallen world and to strive for holiness. It’s that strive for holiness where our calling comes into play. Where our obedience makes sense.
When God asks us to do something, he’s doing it for our faith journey because, by doing what he has asked, it will bring us closer to him. For some people that means opening up a book store or selling ice cream. That’s what those people need to do, for God, in order to come closer to God, to become more holy.
For us, it was create Sonlight Pictures. It’s existence, and you can trust me on this, makes no sense on a variety of worldly levels. But, it’s existence isn’t for this world. It is for those of us involved to grow closer to him.
And what’s even more wonderful is that God then takes these selfless requests of obedience, which only benefits us in our path to him, and uses the output of our obedience to touch others lives, whether that’s by visiting the book store, eating the ice cream or watching a film. God multiplies our small steps in our faith journey and magnifies the ripple effect of that obedience to reach others, hopefully bringing them closer to God as well.
So, the next time you feel God is calling you to be obedient, to do something that may even seem contrary to public expectations, remember that he’s asking that for YOUR sake, not his. And, by being obedient to that individually designed request, you will grow closer to God and get one step closer to Heaven.