Honor Their Calling
In this passage, Jesus had come to Nazareth to share the Gospel and perform miracles. While the crowds were amazed at His teaching, they questioned and found it hard to believe and accept. Their reasoning, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? We know his mother, brothers and sisters. Where did he come up with all this wisdom and power?” Rather than accept Jesus with praise and thanksgiving, they were offended and put off. They had become stuck in their earlier understanding of Jesus. Even worse, their unbelief set a limit on the miracles Jesus was able to perform in His own hometown.
As a Pastor and someone who carries my vocation into my profession daily, I have seen this scene play out countless times with many individuals. They, like Jesus, heard a calling on their life and they wanted to pursue their passion and purpose. Unfortunately, those closest to them, often their family members, coworkers and childhood friends took offense and rejected their dreams, ridiculed their passions, refusing to believe in them. As a result, they became stuck in jobs that did not affirm their spirit or fulfill their passions. Over time, many of them became filled with despair and dissatisfaction, finding themselves stuck in life. When Jesus was rejected, He went right back out and then He sent his followers out two by two to prevent them from becoming stuck in their callings.
Dear friends, pastors, leaders, managers and supervisors play a critical role in this human drama. All leaders have a personal responsibility for the growth and development of others. I beseech you to listen to those under your leadership, coach and mentor them, believe in them, and honor them with honest feedback and prayerful support. Do all that’s possible to help them to become all God has called them to be, that they might honor their calling and glorify Him.
Grace and peace always,