When he saw the fishermen, He invited them to allow Him to re-purpose their skills. They were fishing for fish; He would refocus that skill and give them the opportunity to fish for men and women.
When He met the tax collector, He simply asked him to follow. He didn't offer to make the tax collector a fisherman. Why? That wasn't his skill set. Jesus never intended for everyone to fill the same role in the Kingdom. He didn't come to make us clones; He came to give our lives purpose.
Many adults go through their lives with an avoidable tension. They understand their skills, yet they feel the pressure to fit into an organizational mold. Jesus told the fishermen they would still be fishermen. Their ability to evaluate the situation and develop a strategy for success would be important. But that wasn't the role He gave to everyone.
When it comes to living your why, you must understand that your uniqueness is part of the plan. You aren't called to be just like others. You aren't called to go where everyone else is going. Your natural skills and abilities should be a part of God's working through your life. If you are a fisherman, fish. If you are a seamstress, sew. If you are a musician, make music. If you are a writer, write. As you do what you were designed to do, disciples will be made and God will be glorified.
Your relationship with God will work against your pursuit of your why if you try to become something you are not. Most people who have a plan for your life actually have a plan to use you for their purposes, not God's. Think about it.
What are two or three of your natural skills or abilities? How can they be used in the pursuit of your why?
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