As I was thinking about this “We Are” series, I honestly thought Called would be the easiest one to write. I mean how many stories are there in the Bible about people who are called? How many verses have we read about God calling people into various walks of life? Tons. Hundreds even. Yet, I have attempted to write this blog 2 or 3 other times & each has resulted in deleted words, scratched out sentences, & crumpled up papers. As a Christian blogger, you want every post to be full of Godly wisdom & reach people where they are at. You want to include lots of scripture & really be “needed” by your readers…but here’s the thing…
I, as a writer but more as a believer, need to be less concerned with what I want & more about what needs to be said. So here’s what needs to be said: (FYI- at this point I just started writing & God just lead…so cool)
We Are Called.
Somtimes we are called into places that excite us: motherhood, a promotion, a volunteer oppurtunity. Sometimes we are called into places that scare us a bit: a move to a new town, adaption, a project that stretches our professional ability. And then there are times we are called into things that absolutely terrify us: a mission to a third world country, motherhood to multiples, a speaking opportunity.
So how do we do all these exciting, scary, terrifying things? Colossians 3:23-24 gives us some pretty good insight:
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you
will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. “
Regardless of what we are called to do, we are to do it for the Lord. But what does that mean? Simple. Give it your best. Do it in away that honors God. Do it in a way that makes Him proud. Still not sure? Check out 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstance; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
So how do I do it as for the Lord?
Step 1: Rejoice always-> be happy about it, praise God even when it’s tough. Be thankful.
Step 2: Pray without ceasing-> Pray. Pray all the time. When it’s good, when it’s bad. When it’s hard, when it’s easy. When it’s rough. When you want to give up. When you feel on top of the mountain or in the deepest valley. Pray, keep up that communication with God.
Step 3: Give thanks-> Just like above. Be thankful for being called even when it’s hard & you want to give up. Be thankful when it’s good & going well.
And lastly, read the Word. Hebrews 4:12 perfectly sums up the power of God’s word:
“For the word of God is living & active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul & of spirit, of joints & of marrow and discerning the thoughts & intentions of the heart.”
When you don’t know what to do, how to continue, or how to move forward, dig into His word. Whether flesh is holding you back from your calling or you are spiritually struck in the mud or the devil is trying to dismantle you one piece at a time, the Bible pierces & destroys it all.
If you know it’s coming or if you know exactly what it is you’re called to or your in the midst of your life (ie: your present call), or you’re lost & missing vital direction, you…the called…can find your way through prayer & study.