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A Calling That Brings Joy

A Calling That Brings Great Joy

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV)

When I think about being a Pastor I am blown away at how God would choose to use me in His ministry.  It is an amazing calling and blessing, and yet it can be tremendously hard.  

I think this can be the case with each and every one of us as Christian men and women.  We are very blessed to be called children of God, and yet each of us at various times will face tremendously difficult times.

I think as a pastor it is very important to be sure of the calling.  To attempt to strive in ministry utilizing only one's own abilities and strengths will only bring on heartaches, frustration, bitterness and ultimately failure.  Again, the same fate awaits any of us as Christians if we attempt to serve and walk in our own strength.  

Q:    So how can we be assured we will have the strength needed to be successful in our Christian walk?

It is only by God's power and strength - apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5), but through Jesus we can do all things (Phil. 4:13).  We are told in Proverbs 15:13, "A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken."  I think it is imperative for us to have a joy in our heart if we are to be able to do the things God has called us to do.  The joy we are to have is the joy one receives from the Lord.

Then he said to them, "...the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)

We must have hope if we are to have joy, because hope deferred makes our heart sick (Prov. 13:12).   By placing our eyes on Jesus and His promises contained within His Word we will be given great hope and this in turn will lead to joy.  Hebrews 12:2 speaks of Jesus having this very hope, and as a result He had the strength to endure the horrific punishment and shame of the cross.  He could do this because He knew what awaited Him, and this gave Him a great joy.  And it is the same for us.  

I want to encourage you today to keep your eyes upon the finish line - don't allow the enemy to distract or discourage you.  We have been given a promise of our future by our Lord, and this should give us great joy and a peace of mind knowing whatever difficulties we may face are temporary.  We have been called for such a time as this.  This alone should bring us great joy.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Nehemiah 8:10 where do we get our strength?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you have great strength in your Christian walk?

APPLICATION: Stay focused on who you are in Christ Jesus.  Stay focused on the truths contained in the Bible; truths about your future with God and an eternity filled with peace and joy.

Father, thank You for Your Word and the promises contained within it.  Thank You for showing me my eternal future awaiting me.  Father, I choose to focus on Your truths and promises today rather than focusing on the lies and temporary hardship of this world.  Help me to remember Your promises when the enemy tempts me to worry.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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