Posts Tagged ‘calling’

  

“Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you…” (Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭2‬ NIV)

Police officer Elgin Daniel was born to be a policeman. While attending Andrew College in Cuthberg, GA, Elgin discovered a passion for law enforcement and joined the DeKalb County Police Department where he served 26 years before retiring as a lieutenant. Then in 2010, he took a position with the Henry County Police Department. But in November of 2012, Elgin was tragically killed in the line of duty, doing what he was born to do, protecting and serving his fellow man.

Some people seem to be a natural fit for certain occupations or callings, like they were made for it. The Apostle Paul shares with the church family in Ephesus that he was made to teach them about Jesus. God gave him exactly what he needed to help not only the Ephesian believers, but also you and I a long time later! He, too, eventually died doing what he was born to do. 

What about you? What were you made for? To please yourself or to give God glory by helping others, much like Elgin and Paul? Take time this weekend to do some soul searching. You’ll find life much more enjoyable when you’re doing what you were born to do: Serving God & Helping Others! You are loved! 

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Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.” (Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭11‬ NLT)

For the last few days, I’ve sat in meetings with department and oversight leaders of my denomination from across our nation, hearing the vision God gave them for our Fellowship. In turn, we take these visions and goals back to our home states and pass them along to leaders and pastors, trying to connect the head with the grass roots. And then as a Pastor, I have to pass these along to my leaders and teachers, that we can accomplish all these plus our own community vision as well.

When God created the Church, He called men and women to set aside their life goals and ambitions so that He could fully use them to fully reach His people. Regardless of the messes fleshly people have created, the Church was God’s gift to the world, and ministry workers were His gift to the Church. They are not a secret society or a league of superheroes, simply common people with a heart for God, a mind for the work, and a willingness to serve.

Take time to pray for your denomination or organization leaders. Then lift up the wonderful leaders at your local church that you love. It takes a lot of folks surrendering their lives so that you can know God and make Him known. Celebrate the gifts God gave so that you could know that you are loved!

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Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ NLT)

A few years ago I was reading a newspaper article about an ordination group that a reporter was investigating. Turns out that for $100, you could be become an ordained minister through their group, even receive a religious doctorate degree! So he sent in the money and signed his cat’s name to it, just to see if it worked. Sure enough, Whiskers became the Reverend Doctor Whiskers overnight! Sad, but true.

But a piece of paper does not a minister make. Just as some people fail at being a chef, a teacher, or a beautician, some fail at ministry too, simply because they went after it for the wrong reason. The ministry is a wonderful calling, but it’s a path filled with a lot of hard work, frustration, and responsibility. In the end, we are accountable to God for what we did with our calling.

As today is National Pastors Appreciation Day, be sure to let your Pastors know that you are grateful for what they do. If you are a Pastor, don’t stop being God’s gracious hand to His own needy people. And if you feel called to minister, let a Pastor lead you to a better-than-mail order way to Shepherding! You are loved today! See you at church!

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When (my calling to minister) happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.” (Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭16‬ NLT)

When God called me to the ministry at 15, I told my Youth Pastor and he began training me for ministry. Some things in ministry simply require a teacher. But as I have progressed in ministry, what I’ve needed is less people telling me how to grow my church and more time letting God show me the heart of a true spiritual shepherd.

Everyone in the Christ Life is called to do ministry. While I do serve as a mentor to those beginning to develop their ministry role, the Holy Spirit is the true teacher. When we rely more on men with agendas, egos, and simple flaws, we shouldn’t be surprised when we wind up with the same problems. There must also be a dependency upon hearing God as He corrects and instructs you, leading you away from bad habits into God-inspired ones.

As you come to Church today, come ready to let God lead you into a deeper place of committed service. Listen to your pastors and teachers, they are called and equipped to help you. But let your final word of guidance be the Holy Spirit reaffirming His truths. You are destined for good works that build God’s people! Do it in His love today!

I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces…” (1 Peter 1:1 NLT)

One of my favorite books is a collection of missionary biographies, From Jerusalem To Irian Jaya. It narrates their life stories, even the hard and not-so-stellar moments they encountered. As I read about their calling, their choice to sacrifice an easier life here for harsher conditions abroad, I am awed by their allegiance to God over lesser, selfish desires.

When Peter was writing, he was addressing the believers that had moved on to other places due to persecution by the Romans, a time called the Diaspora. While moving away to save their lives and find new homes and jobs, God would use these people as the first missionaries to travel onto foreign fields. Wherever they went, they took the gospel message of Jesus, seeking lives that could be changed just like theirs was.

As life sometimes takes you into various places, take a page from the Early Church playbook by becoming a missionary in your own field. Take time today to say a prayer for missionaries you may know, modern-day heroes that have left everything to help change our world for the better. With everyone doing their part, we’ll make this world a better place to live! You are loved today!

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