“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Many times you’ll hear people joke about having “missed their calling”, but the phrase usually isn’t used in a spiritual sense, but is used rather to express when someone is unsuccessful in reaching a goal.
Missing the Christian calling is much more sobering of a thought. How do you know when you receive the Christian calling by the Holy Spirit of God to serve Him in the way that He has designed specifically for you?
One way, is that your soul will feel the Christian calling. You will feel the Holy Spirit, nudging you to make the right choices in your life. Another way you may experience the Christian calling is by the Holy Spirit revealing it to you through another servant of God. Yet another way, is with His still small voice. And still another, and maybe even the most often used because people seem to miss the voice of God through other means, is by changes in your life.
You may lose your job. You may lose one of your faculties. You may lose a loved one through death or divorce. You may gain spare time because of retirement, or children growing up and going off to school or getting married. You may be confronted with a situation where you are needed to serve another of the Lord’s children because of one of the things just mentioned has affected their lives. It’s important that you become aware of what is happening in your life … And WHY.
Because it may just be your Father … CALLING!
Many seem to just sit around waiting for some huge sign. That may be the way He comes to you, but you should not wait around expecting a beautiful white dove to fly up to you out of nowhere with a white ribbon in its beak that says, You’re being called, and drop it in your lap.
There’s something that occurs often times when people are called to serve the Lord. They don’t believe that it’s a commitment that should be first and foremost in their lives. It’s almost like people think it should be as a side job, or a hobby, or like volunteer work … Ah, I’ll do it when I have some spare time. How much do people miss by maintaining this kind of attitude? Plenty.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.” (Matthew 16:24-27)
In other words all the reasons you have as to why you can NOT follow Jesus and serve Him full-time are not worthy of losing your soul.
Take a look at some of the people who answered their calling, with total devotion, to the Lord. They had jobs, and families too, but they put God first, and if you know anything about them, you probably hope for the reward that they obviously earned.
We know that the twelve Apostles left their homes straightway (that means immediately or in an instant by the way) and followed Jesus. There’s mention also of Simon Peter having a wife, so we know that he even left his spouse and possibly children to follow the Lord.
When one is called to serve Christ, there is much contemplation spent, concerning whether this is a commitment that should be made. Worldly thoughts usually hinder many, like whether or not its practical.
The issue is usually financial. But remember what Jesus said …
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” or “what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36,37)
Answering the calling may mean that you may not be able to maintain the accommodations in life that you’re used to:
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)
The priorities that the world counts are not priorities when you’re called to serve the Lord.
If you picture in your mind, what it is like to answer the calling, you may think of people who have gained worldly grandeur and respect for themselves as pastor of a church. You may have heard of and admired missionaries who go to third world countries to spread the Gospel with the financial support of the mission that they are employed under. Television evangelists may come to mind when you think of people who have answered the calling.
It’s important that you always remember that the Holy Spirit has different gifts for each and every person in the body of Christ, and God has a specified purpose for each of us when He calls.
You may not have the gift of prophecy like another of God’s servants, but you may know how to counsel someone with a drug problem like nobody’s business. Only God knows what He has planned for you.
In answering your calling, you’re assisting the Holy Spirit in saving lost souls. The fulfillment you receive in accomplishing that, no matter what method God chooses for you personally, is sure to equal that of any other servant of God, because it is what God has chosen FOR YOU. He has a custom-made calling with your name on it.
Remember, the means by which the Lord’s will is done through us, is not always what we expect. When you consider the people in the Bible who changed their lives in order to answer the calling of the Lord, Paul is definitely a person worth talking about. You can bet that his calling was anything but what he would have expected following the Lord to be like. First of all, he was blinded by the light from Heaven: “And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.” (Acts 9:9) Then he was told that he would suffer many things for the Lord: “For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.” (Acts 9:16)
Does that sound like what one would expect the “Light of the Gentiles” to experience as part of their calling?
Now, don’t forget, Paul was a persecutor of Christians before he was called, so no matter who you are, or what your past beliefs may have been, when you’re called by the Lord, nothing is impossible.
Jesus confirms in Matthew 10:19-20, that your own talents are not a concern in answering your calling, the Holy Spirit will work through you.
By answering God’s calling to you, you’re showing Him that you trust Him with your life, and He will lead you into doing His will. Don’t answer your calling halfheartedly, but with an attitude like Paul. He rejoiced especially in the trials and tribulations of his calling. He was beaten, whipped, imprisoned, stoned, shipwrecked, robbed, hungered, cold, and a fugitive … Just to name a few things (2 Corinthians, Chapter 11).
Will there be rough times … Yes. Will it be worth it … Absolutely.
Don’t forget, Jesus said, … “he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
Scripture of the day: “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” ~ Matthew 10:27-39 NIV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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