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The Calling

The Calling

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ… Romans 1:1, 6 (NKJV)

I recently attended some classes for Chaplaincy and the instructor had each of us share something about ourselves.  Throughout this introductory process he asked if we were people of faith, and everyone raise their hand.  He then asked what faith persuasion we were a part of, and as it turned out everyone professed to be a Christian believer.  He then asked how many of us were ministers.  I was the only one to raise my hand.  I found this to be interesting because everyone had just said they were followers of Jesus Christ.  

The truth of the matter is most people find much of their personal identity from what they do for a profession rather than who they are in Christ Jesus.  The Bible teaches differently though—it teaches every believer in Christ Jesus has the same, significant calling as every other believer in Jesus, no matter what we may do for a living.  

Q:    So if we have all been called to the ministry, what is it we have been called to do?

Actually there are a few things we have all been called to do.  Here are a couple of them. 
  • Every believer has been called to accept the work of Christ in his or her personal life.
  • Every one of us has been called to become like Christ.  This will involve transformation in our lives and it will entail our taking on the character of God (Eph. 5:1).   This means we will need to resist the temptation to turn from Him—to turn from evil and actively pursue good (1 Tim. 6:11).
  • Every believer has been called to serve God and other people.  Jesus had called us unto Himself and has called us to live out our faith in a way worthy of Him (Eph. 4:1-3).  
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 (NKJV)

I want to be clear, "calling" isn't referring to the specific gifts God has given to each of us—it describes the responsibility as believers of Jesus to serve God with every aspect of our lives.  We should be mindful of this calling each day, as it will bring about new opportunities.

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's choose to find our identity in Christ Jesus and not in our occupation.  Let's choose to put more value upon God rather than self.    

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn about our calling in ministry?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you pursuing your calling to live as a child of God?

APPLICATION: Let's choose to be set apart for use by our Lord and allow God to transform us to be more like Jesus.

Let's pray…

Father, thank You for calling us and using us in Your ministry.  Show us how we can be used today as a vessel of honor.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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