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Answering The Call

Answering the Call
Serving with a proper heart

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God...Romans 1:1(NKJV)

I love how the Apostle Paul starts off his letter to the church in Rome.   He addresses the readers by saying he has been, "called to be an Apostle."  Paul had met Jesus some 25-years before he had written this epistle.   And ever since the day he met Jesus on the road to Damascus he had been faithful to fulfill what God had called him to do.  

Everywhere Paul went he encouraged believers to listen to, and to act upon their calling.  He told those in Thessalonica he had prayed God would "count them worthy of their calling" (2Thes 1:11).   And to those in Ephesus he wrote and literally begged them to, "walk worthy of the calling in with which they were called" (Eph. 4:1).

So what has God called you to do?  Have you ever asked Him, "What do you want me to do Lord?"

It is unfortunate but even Christians can get caught up with positions and titles and this can cause us to lose focus on what we have truly been called to do - to humbly serve.

The last thing we need to do is to classify the callings of God and to give one a greater preference over another.  We need to be open to whatever God wants to do in our lives, and simply be faithful to act on it when He prompts us by His Holy Spirit.  Maybe God wants us to go to the hospital and just be with someone and encourage him or her.  If this is the case then we should know this is the highest calling we could hope for at this specific time.  Maybe our calling is to serve our employer or our family and friends in a selfless way then we should do it as if we are doing it for God Himself.

...not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,  knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. Ephesians 6:6-8 (NKJV)

Regardless of whatever God has called us to be we must try to be the best we can be and bring honor to God in our efforts.   We must remember, what we do doesn't define who we are - how we do it unto the Lord does.   I want to encourage you today, if God has called you to be a waitress, then be the best waitress - if He has called you to be a DMV worker, then do it with a smile.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Ephesians 6:6-8 and 1Cor. 10:31 how are we told to perform the tasks we do?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you glorifying God in everything you do?

APPLICATION:  Take time to think when performing every task, and ask yourself, Am I doing this in a way to bring glory and honor to God?

Father, Thank You for Your calling upon my life.  It is my desire to bring honor unto Your name and unto Jesus name as well.  Show me today what You would have me do and give me the strength to act on what I know to be true and righteous.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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