Reflections of Grace 42: Living From the Heart 5 – Your Callings

Reflections of Grace 42: Living From the Heart 5 – Your Callings August 14, 2014

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What about your calling?

  • Are you frustrated and feel as if God isn’t using you the way you think He should be?  Is it not happening fast enough?  Do you watch other ministries and find yourself envying their positions and wish you could be them?
  • I always thought that because God had called me to write and teach that I needed a growing audience to validate that calling.   I was so driven to find myself a platform or audience worthy of my calling and found myself sorely frustrated that God wouldn’t bless my efforts the way I thought it was supposed to happen.
  • It just wasn’t fast enough.
  • It is exhausting promoting yourself.
  • Where do we draw the line in losing ourselves and our energy in self-promoting, and just allowing Him to get our gifts and talents out where He purposed for them to go?
  • Here I am at the cusp of another book being birthed to the multitudes.   “50 Ways to Meet Your Lover” is in proof stage now and in a few weeks will be ready to present to the world.   This is my 2nd book and I have to say I have learned a few things along the way.
  • I have given myself permission to breathe…. and trust Him to guide me to the next step.

These are some of the things I have learned in the last few years of trial and error in my writing and teaching.  This is not an exhaustive list because I am certain there are still many things He will open my eyes to!

1.         Being seen as a celebrity in any sense of the word is a deceitful ploy of the enemy.  We have been brought up to admire and envy people who have celebrity status.  Many times, celebrities in the church world perceive their value as a human as usually based on a need to be recognized as a person of value.

Jesus let His disciples know that His kingdom works very differently.

2.         It is often true that those who make such big jumps into perceived celebrity often get twisted by them, and end up crushing others when their influence exceeds their personal character. Perhaps that’s what Paul meant when he warned us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, whether we aspire to a place of influence or already have it and think it gives us a place above others.

3.         Whatever we do for God must be just that.  For Him.  What He does with our works or service or gifts is up to Him.  We want our message out there, of course.  But according to His purposes, not our own perceived purposes.   When I wrote “Climbing Out of the Box”, I had to give it to Him.  I still do.   And even if my story sets one person free from a life of abuse and into freedom in Jesus then it will have been worth it.   And, to date, it has set many more than just one free.

4.         Instead of looking for what we don’t have, Luke 14 invites us into responding to God’s working right where we are in life.

Rather than having to make something happen by our own wisdom, the path to God’s life comes by loving the people he has already put before us, applying our gifts to their needs and trusting the rest to Him.

Perhaps the greatest joy of intimacy with God is how present God wants to be in our every-day lives. He has not asked us to live the Christian life without him. Christianity was never meant to be a list of principles to which we conform our behavior; it is living reconciled to God in active communion with him every day.

Without growing in our ability to recognize what God speaks to us, we can’t live to the freedom and joy God wants for us.  Without an ear that listens to God’s voice what we call trust is nothing more than presumption; what we call obedience, nothing more than legalism. David knew that. I love his agonizing prayer in the first verse of Psalm 28:

 “To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.” In other words, “I can’t live without you, God. My own wisdom isn’t enough. My own resources aren’t enough.”

I’m convinced that will create opportunity enough for whatever God wants to give us and what he desires us to share with them.  Yes, marketing a book is necessary so that people will see it and buy it and see their lives changed by it.  But if it isn’t in His timing and it doesn’t sell fast enough then I have to accept that He knows what He is doing.  He will make it happen.  Not me.  I just do what He tells me to do.  Whatever He has called you to do is the same thing.  You must rest in his timing and His assurance.

5.         Most of our questions to Him center around how to make ourselves known to the world and usually focuses on our abilities, wisdom, or connections.  He works so differently than we do.

Whenever you are frustrated at God for not opening better doors for you that might be a sign that you’re focused at the wrong doors.

Simply accept the invitation to live deeply in Jesus and love those around you the way you are coming to understand how He loves you.  Listen when he nudges your heart.  Step out in faith in what He whispers to you.  If you live in His space you will find his power transforming you, his Spirit connecting you to others and everything he wants to do in you will be fulfilled by him.

“We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.”

Matthew 10:41-42 (The Message)

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