Welford Orrock, Kairos Initiative Coordinator & Metro Richmond Collegiate Ministries Coordinator for the Emerging Leaders Team, VBMB, wrote our first post.
“Becoming who we are – you are called to be you”
In Luke chapter 7 verses 18-23 we read the story of the exchange between the disciples of John and Jesus. The reputation of Jesus is growing and John’s disciples come to the increasingly famous healer and proclaimer Jesus to ask perhaps the most important question we can ask – “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”
To be called is to discover your place in the Mission of God – the missio Dei – in the world. To put it in the words of minister and teacher Henri Nouwen, we are called to “become who we are.”*
This discovery appears to be the end to the existential journey through the question “who am I?” – you hear in response the profound answer from God “You are mine and I am yours. You are my beloved… You know me as your own as I know you as my own. You belong to me… wherever you are I will be. Nothing will ever separate us. We are one.”**
What, in one moment feels like the end of our searching – discovering one’s self as the beloved of God, arriving in discernment, prayer and encouragement at a place of call – is but the beginning. John’s disciples may have believed their search was over when they encountered Jesus.
They were anticipating the coming of the Messiah – waiting and watching. Now the Messiah was here, right in front of them. Their search was over, but their journey with Jesus had just begun.
Sensing a call to ministry, for many of us, comes with its share of endings. There are many things which we must put aside and put behind in order to answer this call – to answer this powerful, provocative and humbling invitation to join in the Mission of God in the world.
We will never again be who we were before, for we are becoming who God always intended us to be. We are all called to this mission, to discover ourselves as we discover our place in the missio Dei.
As the beloved of God we are called to love others that they might know themselves also as the beloved of God. God has said ‘yes’ in love to the world. Will your ‘yes’ to God’s call be an echo of God’s ‘yes’ of love?
* Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved (New York: The Crossroad, 1992), 43.
** Ibid, 36-37.