day eighteen

Calling

There are two kinds of callings in the Bible. One is general and to all humanity. The other is specific and to perform certain functions in God’s Kingdom. Regarding the first, he has called us not to impure lives but holy ones (1 Thessalonians 4:7); to live in peace (1 Corinthians 7:15); and to be godly people (2 Peter 1:3). Regarding the second, he calls specific people to perform certain functions: to preach (Acts 16:10; Galatians 1:15); to prophesy (Jeremiah 1:5 et.al.) and to perform other duties to advance the gospel. 

The first is very clear and of utmost importance. Your greatest calling in life is to grow in holiness and pursue righteousness as you follow Jesus. Never confuse the specific call as more important than the general call, because we cannot “do” what God calls us to do unless we are “being” who God wants us to be. Our function should come from the fullness of the character of God in us. Having said that, we must do what God has called us to do. 

A very good acquaintance in Mumbai India is living out his calling to holiness very seriously and with great dedication. It should not surprise anyone that he is very effective and fruitful in his avocational calling as well. He hears from God because he has a clear heart and mind and is a useful tool for the Spirit to empower for great service. In the process of living out both callings, God supplies miracle after miracle in order to remove obstacles and advance his ability to live out his calling.
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reflection questions
How are you living out your call to live a godly life?

Has God called you to do a specific thing, serve a certain way or minister to certain people in certain ways?

If so, what is that part of your calling?
action items
Ask God to remove impediments from your life and open up a pathway for you to live out your call to freedom, peace and holiness. In the process, ask God to tell you specific ways that you might glorify Him, using your gifts.
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