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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

living true to your calling

"A called person should never serve a need or a denomination first" Bob Gordon

A calling from God has within it a recognition that we will be equipped for the call. Even though we may feel inadequate and unworthy (and we all do from time to time) we need to know that in God we will be supplied with what it takes to respond fully to the call. We also will be able to be disciplined and trained in it.

With a call comes an anointing of God which enables leaders to fulfil their call. It is the Holy Spirit working through you and He should be in control. Certain activities in your life will receive anointing and you need to learn to operate in those areas where the anointing of the Lord will be released through you E.g; praise and worship, prayer, teaching, etc...

A call must be lived - and not just left on the shelf. God is looking for faithful people who will walk in obedience to Him, and we need to operate in our calling in order for God to sharpen it and make it more effective..Sometimes when you're mentored you may come across what I call a "Bird Nest Leader", someone who mentors, trains and then leaves you in the nest and doesn't launch you,..... "yes" there will be some near misses and "yes" the odd bumpy ride, but that's how reliance and trust in God come and how His calling on your life is fulfilled through supportive launching...

Warnings:

1. Laziness - will work against a call where we expect God to do everything instead of stewarding the talent the Lord has given us. (Matthew 25:14-30)
2. Busy Lives - can work against your calling if we allow our lives to be swamped with other things and fail our calling.
3. Spreading too thin - Do you pastor now and find yourself covering a multitude of callings, some not yours? Stop and unravel your calling and release other people into their ministry. This will enable the church to function as an interdependent, effective body that God intended..

Called people:

...know their God (Ephesians 4:4-6)
...know that God put's His hand upon their life and that He is committed to them (Romans 8:28; 1 Thess 5:23-24)
...see themselves as God sees them (Romans 9:20; 1 Samuel 16:7)
...know they are owned by God (1 Cor 6:19-20)
...know their purpose in God and are unshakeably committed to this (Philippians 3:12-14)


2 Comments:

Blogger David Ketter said...

Very awesome points here...keep up the good work!

1:34 am  
Blogger Nae said...

Thanks for ariculating that so well - I'm really excited at what God is going to do next - he does have us all right where he wants us, which is so easy to forget (or like me be so narrow minded in questioning Him about that!!!)

10:35 am  

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