From My Heart

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6 -NIV

Have you been called?

Some definitions of calling from the Webster’s on-line dictionary:

1. The action of a person or thing that calls.
2. Vocation, profession, or trade: What is your calling?
3. A call or summons: He had a calling to join the church
4. A strong impulse or inclination: She did it in response to an inner calling.

In Christian circles you may hear someone say “I was called to this ministry” or “He has a calling on his life”. When you hear this you may think, “How admirable that is. I wish I was that spiritually mature to be used by God in that way.” Or, your reaction may be “I could NEVER be called out by God. I’m not able to work for Him.” If you are a child of God and believe either of these statements, you are mistaken. The day you asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior you were doing so because He was calling you. God continues to call you. He has a mission for you. When Jesus was about to leave this earth He gave us all a mission. In Matthew 28: 19-20 He gave us our marching orders. “Therefore go and make disciple of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Why do you suppose this was among Jesus’ final words? These words were Jesus call to every one of His followers, not just the “special” few. These are the very words that should direct our daily lives.

What would our lives look like if we had a clear picture of the call of life and people God has set before us? What would our Sunday mornings look like if we came together understanding the call God has placed on our lives and were totally sold out to that call? These questions should be seriously considered by each of His followers. These Words from our Lord were not meant as a suggestion for something to do “in our spare time.” This is not a call to action for a select few; all of us must play a part. We are all “called”. Some are called to be missionaries in far off places but more are called to be missionaries right where they live in their everyday lives. If we ignore what we were placed here to do we become faithless, we wander aimlessly and even get a bit cranky. We become a people that do not reveal Christ to others.

I encourage you to do a personal inventory with prayer and meditation. What has God specifically spoken to you about the purposes He has for you? What abilities and strengths has God blessed you with that you could use to further His work?

How many days do we ignore God altogether or at best say a quick God help me? How would our lives change if we started each day with thanks to God and asking “God, what would you have me do today?” God has given us all exactly what we need. He formed us all to do our part in His mission. Let us all be good stewards of our gifts and use them for His glory. We are called to further His kingdom. Let us be obedient to that call on our lives. Let us all hear from our master “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:21.

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