Driven or called?

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By Dave Henning / July 2, 2013

“There is not one square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine, that belongs to me!’ “-Abraham Kuyper

As Pastor Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 9 of Gods at War, he cites the above quote as a favorite of Charles Colson, who spent time in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal.  Charles had come to realize that life is defined by who we belong to, not what we’ve done.

In Gordon MacDonald’s classic book Ordering Your Private World, the author distinguishes between being driven and being called.

Driven people:

1.  see their busyness as an indicator of their success or significance.

2.  don’t tend to enjoy their work- only the results.

3.  are motivated by guilt in all they do.

Those who are called:

1.  feel the freedom of being in God’s will, experiencing the whole process and not simply the results.

2.  are less competitive and give themselves permission to fail.

3.  accomplish greater things in the end because they’re free to fail.

Today’s question:  In your previous ministry position or career, would you say you primarily were driven or called?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: Recognizing the “god of me”

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