Walking in Your Calling Starts Today
By Krystal Mattox | August 30, 2016
by Krystal Donaldson
When I was 13 years old, I made the greatest decision of my life: deciding to follow Jesus Christ. I didn’t completely understand what all that meant, but I knew I was making a decision that would have profound implications on my life. I wanted to devote myself completely to knowing my Savior Jesus and walking in the purpose for which I was created. I knew I wanted to be used by Him in a mighty way. You see, at the age of 10 I decided I wanted to be a dentist. Now that I was a Christian at 13, I wasn’t entirely sure how I would serve God. Did He actually want me to be a dentist? If so, what would it mean to be a Christian dentist? Throughout my maturing, I had this mindset of when I am a dentist then the Lord can use me.
I am not sure if I bought into that ideology because of my age, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. In Scripture, Paul recognized the propensity people had to cast off children or babes in Christ as immature and unable to understand the depth of the gospel. Thus, Paul instructed Timothy and charged him by saying, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity…Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:12, 16, NKJV).
Though I believed the Lord had called me to become a dentist, it still did not take away the jitters of navigating the application process to dental school. After getting accepted, I was beyond thrilled and more confident that I was walking in God’s perfect will for my life. I was happy I would have a platform I could use for the Lord as a dentist. I dreamed of being able to own a practice where I could dictate the type of music played, provide Christian literature for patients to read and have opportunities to participate in missionary outreach locally and abroad.
However, through Mark Cahill’s teachings and famous book One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven, it dawned on me that tomorrow isn’t promised to any person. I am not confident I will definitely be on this earth to complete my dental training. Therefore, I have to make sure my life counts today—not just when I become a dentist. With this realization, I started praying for my classmates even before the first day of orientation. I asked God for opportunities to engage my classmates and encourage those who are believers. Creating space for my classmates to come to my house once a month to fellowship with each other has made dental school so much more enjoyable. We have open conversations, address controversial issues, encourage each other through the difficulties of our program and challenge each other to be dentists who represent Christ. The reality is that when I am before God on judgment day, He isn’t going to ask me about the grade I received on my gross anatomy final, how hard I studied for boards or my technique for extracting a tooth. Rather, He will want to know if I made time for Him, loved my neighbor, discipled and proclaimed His name to others. That is what has eternal purpose, and that is what we are all called to do. Not later when we become a dentist, get the practice of our dreams, find the perfect church, take an evangelism class, get the perfect house to invite others over or do whatever else we believe is the platform needed to start pouring into others. It starts today. May He equip us to recognize and walk in our ultimate calling and purpose in this life. For He admonished us saying: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18, NASB).
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