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Faithful To The Calling
8/14/2017

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, “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God…” Paul 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 whatever God had called him to do. 

Everywhere Paul went he encouraged believers to listen to, and to act upon their calling. To those in Thessalonica he prayed, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, (2 Thes 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).

Have you ever asked, “What do you want me to do LORD?”

As unfortunate as it is, we can all be susceptible to getting caught up with positions and titles, and this can cause us to lose focus on what we have truly been called to do—to glorify God, and to humbly serve others. Maybe God will provide an opportunity for us to go to the hospital and just be with someone and encourage him or her.  If this is the case then 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—if that is the case then we should do it as if we are doing it for God Himself.

The last thing we need to do is to classify the callings of God and to give one a greater preference over another.  It’s more about availability than ability.  We just 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.

Regardless of whatever God has called us to be, we must try to be the best we can be, and to 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.  

...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)

I want to encourage you today in whatever way God is choosing to use you.  Be available, and do it from the heart, as if unto the Lord.

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

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

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is it your heart to glorify God in everything you do?

PRACTICAL 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?”

PRAYER: 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

 

 


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