A few days ago, I joined The High Calling blogs network, a collection of blogs whose vision is “to use new media tools to create opportunities for people to encounter God for the transformation of daily life, work, and the world.” I joined The High Calling because I wanted to come out of my comfort zone, not merely to improve my blogging experience since blogging only happens at the fringes of my existence, but also my earthly experience. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo once said to me, “God will never give you everything you need, because He wants you to connect with other people that have what you need.” I joined THC to connect with people who have what I do not have, and to whom I may contribute something that I do have.
When I saw the logo on histiara, the name, “High Calling” reminded me of God’s invitation to His children. It is The High Calling. It is an invitation up from the lowlands where I am right now to where Christ is. The Way of Life I have chosen to follow requires an upward movement, day to day. The moment I become satisfied with my position, regression sets in. I joined THC because I am unsatisfied, thirsty, panting. Already, I realize I am surrounded by people who have gone much farther than I have. I expect my life to be transformed so my work can be transformed and so I can be a blessing to a world in dire need of it.
God’s calling is upwards, ever upwards. There is a never ending need for improvement, a never ending need to deny myself and carry my cross daily in response to the High Calling. I am not comparing myself with where I used to be but I measure myself against the invitation and I realize how far I am from Christ-likeness. This humbles me. While I may be humbled by my beginnings, I am much more humbled by where I want to be because I realize how far it is from here. I am so far from Christ-likeness (as an individual, husband, father, entrepreneur living just one life expressed in many different roles) that I need God and other human beings, including those who may not acknowledge God at all, to keep making progress, just as much as others need me, to make progress.
Responding to the high calling of God, we never “arrive.” We are willing to say “please teach me,” willing to look weak and imperfect, willing to be corrected. It can be slightly uncomfortable and I say slightly only because it is incomparable to the weight of glory that we experience every step of the way, which energizes and spurs us on, leading to new heights that never end while we are here. The farther we go, the farther there is to go and while this could create despondency, it should lead to dependency, on God. The One who gave the invitation is Love. He knows that in union with Him, we will` overcome all the obstacles, weaknesses and temptations along the way. Also, I can never go far without constantly realizing how far there is to go.
Joining THC is an outward manifestation of an inner step I am taking upwards in response to God’s invitation. I am going higher in my life, in my walk, in my earthly experience, ready to do things I have never done before, ready to tap into talents and potentials that were hitherto latent and dormant, ready to look weak and imperfect, ready to present myself to God, a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to Him. I realize that there is a price and a cross but I also know there is a prize and a crown.
My way is far, very far and I think yours is too. On a lighter note, in the book, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” I saw this: “I am not okay, you are not okay and that is okay.” Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you as I speak to me.