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1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Today we highlight the work of
Christian Veterinary Missions. Please take some time to read the article below on how God can use us in our various fields of work to serve the needs of others. Have a wonderful weekend!
How You Can See God’s Call in Your Life for Missions
By Dr. Monty, CVM Missions Mobilization Coordinator
Called. You probably hear it all the time—and may have even reflected on it a great deal. As you have probably realized, “Called” is CVM’s theme for the year, and this theme has allowed us to focus on God’s call in our lives.
I challenge you to “go deep” with the idea of “called,” reflecting on what that call looks like in our lives, considering the possibility that we should be following God’s call into new areas.
That being said, I believe “our calling” can be misunderstood. That’s because God’s call to us is both static and dynamic. What does that mean? Let’s talk about the “static” aspect of God’s call.
The command is clear: we are called to have Christ at the center of our being. Essentially, our love for Him overshadows our love for anything else, including and especially a self focused love. It’s a “heart, soul, mind and strength” kind of love, and it makes us want to know Him more. As the apostle Paul said in Phil. 3:8, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ.”
And with that, there’s the command to “love our neighbors as ourselves,” as illustrated by Jesus through the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus declared that all the Law and the Prophets (the whole Bible) is based upon this calling: to love God and to love others. Ultimately this calling becomes the theme of our hearts, transforming us into a new creation.
But then there is the dynamic, ever-changing aspect of God’s calling to us. Consider how we apply it, with this quote: “We are disciples of Christ, skillfully, wonderfully, and miraculously disguised as ____”! For most of us reading this journal, that “____” has something to do with Veterinary Medicine though the answer to the “____ ” is as numerous as the passions Christ puts on our hearts and the roles we serve in.
Our dynamic calling is the place to dream dreams on how God can use each of us in His kingdom work, beyond how we are being used today. What do we see God calling us to do? In this dynamic calling is the answer to the question: “Is God calling you to a greater involvement in missions?”
Intrigued? Here’s a way to go deeper. Dr. Brad Frye, Program and Latin America Regional Director, recommends the book, Global Mission Handbook — A Guide for Cross Cultural Services, by Steve Hoke & Bill Taylor. It’s a great resource for exploring what it means to be called into international missions. If you are praying about missions, this book will serve you well.
We here at the CVM office, as well as your regional and state reps, want to help you see the bigger portrait of what God aims to do with your life. And I’m here for you too. I want you to know that I want to walk with you through this journey. If you have any questions, or just want to talk, I am happy to hear from you about anything. You will bring me joy by exploring your calling with me.