Does God, or anyone…REALLY need me? Seriously?
September 17th, 2012 by Agent Kevin Miller
If you watched me on the Ziglar 2.0 Show last Wednesday, you heard a bit of my story of near ruin as I pursued my own free agency early on. How the financial and lifestyle chaos nearly ended my marriage. Teri and I saw a marriage counselor for a good while. One day this guy hit me with a line that forever changed my perspective and paradigm regarding my marriage. He said, “Kevin, what if your marriage isn’t about making you happy, but it’s about conforming you into the image of Christ?”
That word spoken from that man changed my marriage and my life forever.
During that same time, one of my main pillars of support was my dear friend Ronnie Freeman. Many of you know his music from my use of his song ‘Breakaway‘ at the beginning and end of my podcasts. He was a self-employed music artist (and of course still is) and had the time to ‘be there’ for me at any time, encouraging me and supporting me. But nearly as beneficial to me was his music…the songs he felt led to write, sing and record. It as a huge source of God speaking to me through his music and me making necessary changes that profoundly impacted my family and…made way for me to be who and where I am now.
How I feel about those two men:
I’m dramatically grateful to both of those guys for making the sacrifices to do what they did, for me…and for so many others. I feel like they were tools God specifically used to alter my life, and therefore the lives of everyone I was later able to influence, from my family and beyond. I know they both felt compelled to do the work they did, and it wasn’t the easy road for either.
Were those guys really necessary? Was it necessary for them to make sacrifices and work harder to live out what they felt called to? Or was it an option, and if they had NOT made themselves available to pursue their purpose in life which included ministering to me, God would have simply used someone else to fill the need in my life? And it would have been OK for them to just get a ‘responsible’ job?
That’s a biggie, isn’t it?!
If God didn’t rely on them and could have used anyone, then is it really necessary for ANY of us to answer the desires, dreams, passions, burdens that we feel on our hearts?
If we believe God specifically uses people and has a purpose for us in servitude to others, then we are admitting that someone may go lacking if we don’t take action. No, we aren’t God and sure, ‘His will be done.’ But for those who’ve read the Bible and know the story of Jonah, God had a task for him to do. Jonah said…”Um…I’ll pass.” God didn’t say, “Well, OK…I’ll go look for someone else, or I’ll empower a yak to do the work, or I’ll do it myself, or I’ll just wave my hand and it will be done.” Nope. He got irritated to the point of causing a storm at sea which endangered an entire boat full of men. They had to throw Jonah into the sea to calm the storm. God had a whale come swallow Jonah and Jonah spent 3 days and 3 nights inside the whale, prayed and repented, God had the whale ‘vomit him up on the beach’ and Jonah promptly did what God had asked in the first place.
That story is so ridiculous it’s hard to conceive as truth. Maybe it’s just me…
What about me:
If I accept responsibility in other’s lives…it drastically alters the trajectory of my life. Jonah might have been married with kids and a ‘job’, but God asked him to do this thing in addition to whatever his life already contained. Am I called to more than taking care of my own junk, and is it dire that I answer the call?
Our Calling & Purpose in our Work:
Should we ALL have a care, cause, passion, burden, belief, calling, purpose, dream, desire and be serving others through it? If not, then we’d be saying God made some of us to be mere filler here on the planet. Maybe we’re just to procreate and hope one of our kids has some use? I can’t say I believe that.
So if I’m created with a unique purpose, how urgent is it? Is it OK to put it off till…we have enough in our savings or emergency fund, the kids are in college and ‘safe’, we are debt free, we feel fully confident, and on and on and on… Is it OK to spend 9-5, five days a week working just for the money? Maybe if I give some of it away? Or should all that vocational time be spent at something that makes money AND us engaged in a greater purpose? [If you answer with a resounding yes...get started with us at Free Agent Academy today]
Can we hide and still be OK?
Can we side-step calling and purpose? Can we hide and still make it to heaven? God didn’t let Jonah. But what if he had? And what if Jonah still got into heaven? Is that the legacy Jonah wanted? Do you?
Don’t hide. Go seek. Go do. Someone may be in need of your help. Personally, I believe someone IS…in need of my specific help. And I might be in need of YOURS.
What do you think? Are you needed by anyone? Do you buy into the idea that someone may be left wanting without your aid? Or does God have it under control and it’s “all good”?