I tried for a day off today. This doesn’t mean I could just completely check out, but it did mean I didn’t have to prepare a sermon for this morning. Most days of the week I put in about four hours of study in order to teach a class by 10:00 AM. This can be a nice break for me, but I’m still on call. Like this morning, even though I didn’t have to prepare and teach a class, before I could even finish my first cup of coffee the ministry phone started ringing. When I answer I say “Hello, this is In Triumph, how can we help you?” And I mean it. The voice on the other side is usually a desperate family member, a strung out homeless teen or the State of Texas. This morning it was all of the above within the first hour. At this point my priorities for the day shifted. I’m back on the clock—interviews, emails, and checking guys into the program.
In my line of work, those who walk through our doors don’t want help, they want us to remove the consequences of their actions. But I refuse to be their next painkiller. Some people might be called to sooth and refresh other believers in the body of Christ, but that isn’t what the Lord has commissioned me to do. My phone rings when the world is out of answers. When prescription pills, counseling, and life-skills fail. When all hell breaks loose. I teach defiant boys how to be Biblical men. Not a very rewarding job, but it’s a good job.
I hear people say that they want to do God’s work, but have no idea where to start. They might have even been told the “God has big plans for your life” slogan. And this might be true for some, but for the most part I just see people waiting around for a glamorous position to open up. Something inspiring! Why not? because “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. But how long have you been saying that and waiting? Do you sometimes find yourself feeling like a prom date that got ditched? All dressed up and no where to go? Who knows, this could just be God’s way of keeping the self-serving super heros off the mission field. If that’s the case, so be it.
Have you ever applied for a job and ended up turning it down because you knew you could land something better? Well, that might have been true and hopefully you landed something big, but I bet you weren’t desperate. I bet your kids still ate that night while you got back online to put in a few more applications. But not with the mission field—resumes aren’t accepted here. I realize the world has conditioned the church to hire CEO’s to do a pastor’s job, but this is not how the Lord recruits for the Great Commission. Here, if you are hungry and jobless, you don’t wait to be hired, you find the need and create a position. And let me give you a hint, not all of the tough and dirty jobs in the Kingdom are filled. As I am going about my way I still see a lot of “Now Hiring” signs.
Well, that’s what I did. I looked around, founded a need and created a position for myself. It was not about my title or making the game winning play—it was about being apart of the team—to represent. I just wanted a uniform with my Saviors name on it. I didn’t even have to make the practice squad—even the batboy gets a jersey. So, although I’m not the Home Run King, I get to hand him his bat at every game. Man, you should see the Soul-tan of Swat knock Lucifer’s curveball out of the park.