As I blog,“When God Has A calling On Your Life,” my approach is from the position that there are some readers who may not know what is meant by having a “calling” on your life! For those who understand this concept, “hang in there with me,” I ‘m confident that you will obtain something which may give you a greater understanding of the importance of following “your calling!” With each blog, my objective is for every reader to be inspired, no matter where they are spiritually! My target in terms of this blog, are those who are seeking, (looking to become Christ-centered) those who are grounded and spiritually strong, (mature Christ-centered individuals) and all those who fall in between those two categories. I hope every single reader receives some degree of insight regarding the significance of identifying, embracing, and having the conviction to live their “calling.” Yes, it will take conviction! If you have not already experienced this, “trust me you will.” There will come a time when someone in your church, or on your job, will need a particular job done; and they will not only ask you, but attempt to convince you, that you are the best individual for the job. Now, you know full good and well, that this is not an area that you are particularly good at, and you are not even sure that you want to do the job. So, you hesitate before responding. In that instant, “stop,” and step away from the situation before you make any decision. For those of us who seek God when making decisions, do so! For those who prefer to evaluate their decisions from a different perspective,do so! When you are doing what you were created to do, there will be passion, not hesitation! Your hesitation is a “BIG” indication that you may be following man, and not God! Stay convicted to what you know is your truth. “Have unwavering courage!”
When you live the life you were created to live, you are fulfilling God’s plan for your life. In other words, “you are living the calling on your life.” You may be asking yourself, how will I know what is God’s plan for my life? One sure way to determine “His” plan for your life, is to examine the skills you are blessed with. That would be those things which you excel at, those things which you are exceedingly good at, and those things which you are passionate about. We were all created for God’s glory, so when you are living according to His plan, you are glorifying Him according to “His” will. You are able to give Him your best, because He has equipped you to do so, by blessing you with a gift.
The Bible tells us that our purpose in life is to glorify God, and to enjoy fellowship with Him! How do we enjoy God? We enjoy God by following Him, and by having an intimate relationship with Him! Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, discovered the futility of life when it is lived for this world, and not for God! Knowing, and living your “calling,” is living for God! When you are not living God’s calling for your life, you may be running the risk of living for the world! In Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Solomon shares this with us, “he says that life is all about honoring God with our thoughts, our lives, and by keeping “His” commandments. Part of our purpose in life is to obey God! Living your “calling” is obeying God’s will for your life. I hope this is causing you to seriously think about the importance of seeking God’s plan for your life.
By sharing this next Bible story, I hope it will exemplify for you, that not only does God give us gifts, but when we use “our,” gifts, it allows us to work together in unity! When Israel was delivered from bondage, it is recorded that one of the first things they did was to erect a tabernacle, (a place of worship) so that they could fellowship with God! In Exodus 35: 30-35, Moses is speaking to Israel about specific men, and the skills they were given by God to use for His glory.
Exodus 35: 30 -35 Construction of the Tabernacle:
30. “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31. and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, 32. to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33. in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. 34. And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35. He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver – by any sort of workman or skilled designer.
Exodus 35: 21 Contribution to the Tabernacle:
Allow me to take you back before the construction of the Tabernacle, when Moses spoke to the people about their contributions for the Tabernacle. He described what was needed, and then he instructed the people to go and determine what they were most skilled at; this sounds like Moses was telling them to go and identify their gifts, so that they could bring their best offering for the building of God’s Tabernacle (church).
In Exodus 21, it tells us that the people came back with their hearts stirred, and their spirit moved, and brought to the Lord, their contribution to be used for the meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. This sounds like the people had “passion” for the service they were providing for the church!
Just like the church of old, the church of today is best served when everyone uses their God give gifts to serve Him. When we do not serve in the areas that we are gifted in, I refer to this as “force fitting,” meaning that you have chosen to serve, or work in an area that God did not equip you to do. When this is done, you are not glorifying Him according to His will, you are exercising your will over God’s!
Closing Thought: God’s people deserve the best that God has to offer, you deserve to be the best that God created you to be, and God deserves to be represented by His best. “I hope we have had a heart connection!”
From My Heart to Your Heart,
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