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Answering The Call
3/13/2015

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 2 Cor. 5:17-20 (NKJV)

I attended some classes for Chaplaincy a few years back and the instructor had each of us share something about ourselves to better get a sense of our identity.  Each person would share a little bit about himself or herself, such as what they did for a living. 

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 interesting, because the truth of the matter is, the Bible teaches that each of us has a calling upon our lives to be ministers — maybe not in a professional clergy sense, but in the truest essence of the word.   

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

There are actually several things we have all been called to do.  Here are a couple of them. 

·      Every disciple of Jesus Christ has been called to share the good news (Gospel Message) with others (Great Commission Matt. 28:16-20; 2 Cor. 5:17-20).

·      Every disciple of Jesus Christ 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 disciple of Jesus Christ has been called to serve God and other people — we are 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 think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to find your identity in Christ Jesus and not in your occupation.  Choose to put more value upon God’s calling rather than your desires.   

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?

PRACTICAL 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 MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for calling me and using me in Your ministry.  Show me how I can be used today as a vessel of honor.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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