The narrative stories of faith in the Bible are masterpieces of incalculable value. Above the creativity of a Rembrandt, DiVinci, or Renoir, they are living portraits of real people engaged in the most challenging and beneficial pursuits conceived out of the very heart and mind of God. Above the artistry of a Beethoven, Chopin, or Brahms, biblical journeys of faith combine events and circumstances into perfect harmony, pace, and rhythm to produce compositions of rare beauty and lasting interest. The lives of the people of faith in the Bible touch us at our deepest longings for truth, virtue, and the sure peace of inner conviction, in a world where the true directional compass for the guidance of our spirit and soul is hard to find amongst a multitude of competing voices and alternative pathways to follow.
The narrative stories of faith in the Bible tell us that there can be real meaning, purpose, direction, and risk-filled adventure to our lives. They tell us that there is a living God who wants to take an active role in the events and circumstances of our lives to help us find out who and what we were created to be. These biblical stories describe a God of brilliantly creative imagination combined with an insightfully piercing grasp of moral and ethical standards at the peak of truthfulness, yet with the enduring patience and forbearance of a wise and loving parent (Mt. 6:9-13). God wants to partner with us to help us find our true selves and to perfect our unique place in eternity, through what this book calls the danger zone of the Christian life.
No Such Thing as a Small Calling
The biblical-quality journey of faith is universally accessible to all Spirit-born Christians, and is not something reserved only for the “superstars” of faith recorded in the Bible. Certainly there are ranges of difficulty and a variety of different challenges involved within God-composed journeys of faith. But every biblical-quality journey of faith following Jesus Christ today, no matter how simple or seemingly small-scale, is filled with the special warmth of divine love, light, and transforming power.
There is no such reality as a “small calling” in the estimation of God. Every called-out mission, no matter how seemingly small in appearance, requires the Christian to enter into the danger zone of a journey of faith. A “small calling” in conformity to God’s ways and perfect timing will shine brightly for all eternity, because anything accomplished having eternal spiritual value must have the involvement of the handiwork of the Holy Spirit.
If our calling is to be used of God to save even one person, through the high quality of our transformed life and testimony, this one person may turn out to be our most treasured friend and next door neighbor in heaven. God knows this and will set up the timing of required events perfectly and beautifully, energized by the Holy Spirit, so that the two of us can rejoice together in the presence of God for all time.
A small calling is just as much a spiritual masterpiece as the large calling. God is perfect in both the small calling and the large calling…just like He is in the creation of the galaxies and solar systems in the massive sized universe and in the brilliantly precise organization in the microscopic world of living cells. Both the larger and the smaller are within the contemplation of God’s creative imagination and within His management skills.