UNDERSTANDING CALLING MATTERS - MARK 3:13, I CORINTHIANS 1:26

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The subject of the calling and how it helps us to pull ourselves into alignment with God is a critical one for all ministers and serious minded believers to understand. I don’t know any other place in the body of Christ that is easiest to get into trouble than in the place of the calling. When I see people who carry the calling with a sense of excitement and frivolity, I get alarmed because I have never done that!  Checking through the bible, I have not seen God trivialize or play with the issue of the calling. I have seen that the people God deals with in a hard way the most are those that He called. God requires of them certain things that He does not require of other people but then I saw that a number of people that God called didn’t require the same standard that God required of them from themselves.

It is one thing for God to call you, it is another thing for you to call yourself! Summon yourself just as God summoned you! The devil enjoys setting traps for the called and those who don’t take the calling serious fall prey of his deceit and tactics. There’s no greater thing that God can give a man than the calling. There’s no greater honor, no greater invitation that God can give a man than the calling. When God places a call on you, what He’s really saying is that, “This is my greater plan for you, this is something better.” No matter what you hold on to, no matter the height you get to on the earth, the Calling will always be greater!

To excel in ministry, you must have the right estimation, awareness and right evaluation of the calling. If God calls the president of a country to become a pastor in a village, that call is greater than that office of the presidency! He has to have the right evaluation of the call before he can give to the call what it requires! We are living in dangerous days that men are abandoning God’s standards and using the standards of men to judge and measure their calling. I Corinthians 1:26 says “For ye see your calling brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called”   

 

You have to be careful because it is possible for your background to become a stumbling block when you get into the serious sections of the calling. It is possible for your background to become the tool that the devil will use to trap you when you begin to pursue the calling, if you don’t study it and find out exactly what God has in mind when He placed His call on your life. 

PRAYER: Lord, I receive grace to pay attention to my calling and fulfil it completely in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible in a year: Job 40:1-42:17, 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, Psalm 45:1-17, Proverbs 22:14