but according to his purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began”.
Thank you Jesus for calling me.
Merriam-Webster defines ‘calling’ as “a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence“. In a conversation this morning God reminded me of my calling. The conversation premised on the thought – ‘well, your calling is clear. I’m still looking for what my calling is…” Oh my. My spirit swelled in my heart. YES. God did call me to preach, teach the gospel, the purpose of His life; death, burial and resurrection! But, that does not mean that my flesh, the enemy and just everyday life doesn’t bombard me with doubt. If you think about it; we’re in a good company of these people who were called but, life and situations could have discouraged them from pursuing the purpose of the calling. Joseph, Moses, Daniel and even Jesus in his humanity, could have been sidetracked to abandon their calling. We read how they suffered although they received a calling, dealing with rejection of family, discouragement of friends and the opposing events that transpired, it worked for their perfecting! JESUS!
No one knows discouragement like Job. His faithfulness lead him to be the poster-boy for tenacity. He didn’t ask to be an example for those of us who find their world’s falling apart all around them. But we’re taking about the calling of God on our lives; it NOT according to our works or talents or anything else. It’s not connected to title, or position or is it popularity, it is according to HIS GRACE. You know that grace that we need renewed EVERY morning!
God needed a ‘Dennis’ to go through all the pain and heartache to reach a ‘Leonard’, to feel for a ‘David’, to be a living testimony for an ‘Angie’, and to love a ‘Joshua’…when all others have turned their backs to their plight God called you to be part of their lives.
No we’re not all called to be preachers, or teachers but He has called you to spread His love and give someone the best news they’ve ever heard: ‘Jesus loves you’.
Earlier in this chapter of 2 Timothy, Paul writes “God has not given us the spirit of fear…” Fear drives us to do strange things or on the other hand, to DO NOTHING. The fear that keeps you from shining in the night or sharing the ‘good news’, is not God ordained. Let’s recognize it is the enemy who is strutting about like a toothless roaring lion seeking those he can paralyze with thoughts of incompetence, insecurities, and down-right LIES.
We are all called to minister to Christ in our lives and serve Him according to His purpose. That means so many things to different people. He will reveal to you the details of your calling in time, and before you know it, you’ll have been a light to someone living in darkness.