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The calling on our lives…

“What’s your calling in life?”

Honoring God.

I saw this question on a blog post by Insanity Bytes (love her blog so hard!). I was so glad to see this question addressed this way, because it is the truth.

So many people believe God called them to do this or that, this or that and they will run with it right into the ground. Even when it is falling apart, they will cling to it, claiming, “This is God’s call on my life!! God has called me to {insert ministry or ministry position of your choice}”.

Well, maybe and maybe not.

We all have passions, gifts, and talents that can be put to good use to be sure. But, God’s calling on us, no matter which avenue we take to do it, is to honor Him.

It really is as simple as that. That is His will for us in a nutshell.

The absolute most important ministry position any one of us will ever have is the personal one we walk out every single day with our thoughts, attitudes, decisions, and actions. It is the position we have in our household, the position we have with friends and family, and the position we have in our community that will ultimately have the most impact. The domino effect of that is far more powerful regardless of our status, position, title, recognition, and work elsewhere.

The simplest and best way to honor God begins under our own roof. No matter what other avenue we take to showcase our gifts and talents, it means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things if we are not tending to the personal ministry in our own homes.

Jesus Christ took it very seriously when He offered Himself as my ransom on that Cross. He sweat, cried, and pleaded with God over it, yet He was still willing to go through with it so that I may become part of His household.

His personal ministry consisted of speaking truth, walking in love, acts of service involving great humility, pouring out compassion on those who were suffering, and tending to the needs of His household (all of us) with the greatest act of faith there ever was. He wasn’t led by His feelings and emotions, He didn’t seek His own desires, and He wasn’t concerned with His own personal happiness. He didn’t self-promote, He didn’t advertise, and He didn’t have to sway people by putting on a show.

The call on His life was this: honoring the Father above all else.

How did He do this, then?

By treating others the way He Himself would probably have liked to have been treated. And, He continued to do so even when He was whipped, scorned, ridiculed, betrayed, spit on, beaten, and pushed to the ground. Even as He prepared to take His last breath on the Cross, after having been judged, tortured, despised, and rejected, He honored the Father and served in the severest form of humility. He honored the Father as He whispered, “Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.”

It stands to reason I need to take Him seriously and not reduce Him down as some BFF who’s sole purpose is to fill me with words that tickle my ears to make me feel good.

It does not always feel good to honor God. It isn’t the popular way to go these days, either. Sometimes, it requires that I sacrifice my own will, my own needs, my personal agenda, or my own desires for the greater good of those around me.

I don’t care if others share my belief systems, if their decisions clash with mine, if politics collide, if their walks are different, if they are on a completely different journey than I am…I honor God when I treat others the way I want to be treated no matter what. 

And, it starts with my own family; my husband, my children, and my animals. If I accomplish absolutely nothing else in my lifetime, I want my little family to know how much I loved them, forgave them, cherished them, invested in them, and treasured them with absolutely no expectations for anything other than to honor my Father.

All of this to say, check out Insanity Byte’s post The Answer to Everything. She put it quite bluntly and simply, yet it triggered a little search of my own heart through examination and measuring with scripture.

I realized that the moment I think I have it figured out and know what I am doing is the moment I become unteachable and lose the capacity to grow in ways to honor others as well my Father in Heaven.  No matter what.

 

86 thoughts on “The calling on our lives…”

  1. Some good points in this post. Yes, we must give priority to our own lives and living it to honor God. And this example before others is a great “ministry.” No matter what other things we may decide to do for Him, we need to live out our lives in honoring our Lord…good post!

    Steve

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  2. This is beautiful. The statement “The absolute most important ministry position any one of us will ever have is the personal one we walk out every single day with our thoughts, attitudes, decisions, and actions.” resonated with me so much. Sometimes we are focused on building a community and doing things for God but we forget our personal selves and our personal communion with Him. Our lives should be the greatest example of all. We are the light of the world so we need to act as such. Great piece. Thank you!

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  3. Thank you for your kind mention and for your awesome post. You’ve nailed so many good points.

    This made me laugh, “It stands to reason I need to take Him seriously and not reduce Him down as some BFF who’s sole purpose is to fill me with words that tickle my ears to make me feel good.”

    I know exactly what you mean. God is good however, sometimes he will make us feel good and and perhaps even tickle our ears, although not in the biblical sense, more like one scratches a cat’s ears. I’m thinking more along the lines of how God had Paul in prison chained to a wall and yet singing praises and rejoicing. That’s the goodness of God, it’s not always easy but He does have a way of making even the bad things,a lot more fun.

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    1. Yes, comfort measures! He may provide comfort measures in the worst part of the storm. My husband and I are walking through Extreme Devotion by Voice of the Martyrs. Talk about not feeling good, yet receiving comfort measures, just like Paul. That devotional book has been putting a lot into perspective.

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  4. Love this line “The simplest and best way to honor God begins under our own roof.” Such an important area to focus and also very challenging at times. I want to honor God in the way I act as a wife and mother, first and foremost.

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  5. Blessed by this. Thank you. This reminds me of the time the Lord revealed my husband as the closest neighbor that I am to love and serve. When we get this right, along with our children, our witness and our love to others will have an impact that we otherwise could not expect.
    In reference to our main purpose and calling: our early church fathers established the first statement of the Westminster Confession with the question and answer. “What is man’s chief end? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 is the proof text. When everything we think, say and do is evaluated by this guideline; basically, everything for Him and others, then our lives are filled with joy and contentment.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your walk faith! I have learned that praying for God’s will is a perfect and challenging prayer. If I pray for God’s will, I need to be able to be quiet in prayer and meditation if I am to hear God’s whisper. Prayers for your journey!

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    1. When I ponder the part about ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven’, it makes His will make more sense. We are the Kingdom for those around us if we are walking in His footsteps and honoring Him. I like that thought. 🙂

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  7. Thank you for sharing your walk of faith! Praying for God’s will is perfect and challenging as I need to quiet myself in prayer and meditation to hear God’s whisper! God wants us to draw near and listen! Prayers for your journey!

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    1. I saw a sign once that said, “You can’t love Him if you don’t know Him”. Or something to that effect and it was pictured with an open Bible. It stuck in my mind as a motivation to stay in scripture when in doubt. So much we can measure and understand with scripture! 😀

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  8. While our number one calling is to honor Him, I once heard a simple answer to what His number one will for us is…know Him.
    As we get to know Him…an life long, ongoing, never ending process…we begin to trust Him as we see Who He is and His love for us. We hear His voice. We become eager to do what He says. We honor Him by doing His will, changing as He brings all that crap in our lives to light, extending His love toward others and generally living as He made us to be.

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  9. God’s calling is a complex topic to discuss, and you have done a very good job of that. God calls all of us to faith, first and foremost. God calls us to be obedient and respectful children, faithful and loving spouses, loving and godly parents, and the like. God calls us to be good neighbors, faithful citizens, reliable workers no matter the career, and good stewards of our possessions and of the planet. God calls some Christians to ministry in the Church, and he calls those ministers through the voice of the Church, not through a thought in their minds or a feeling in their hearts. J.

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  10. We need to ask Shattered in Him for God’s Wisdom and Empowering by The Holy Spirit which none of us were Born with, so we can have assurance that what we share is correct, if we have doubts we should not seek to give them to others.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing therefore get Wisdom and with all thy getting get Understanding.

    James 1:5-6 If any of you lack Wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

    Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evi, know how to give good gifts unto your Children how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

    God tells us as Christians we should have the same convictions or be of One mind as the Scriptures below also confirm. Of Course we are to Love everyone but this does not mean we have to agree with the wrong they do and say, Jesus didn’t. We are not to agree to disagree like arguing it just ends in division, we are to do what God tells us to do when we have differences and that is to bring them to Him, there is only one Truth and that is His and The Holy Spirit does not say one thing to someone and something different to another when they contradict, we are to be in agreement if that means we have to break our own self orientated fleshy agenda, than so be it! and Jesus tells us if others don’t accept His Truth or correction as confirmed in Scripture we move on.

    1 Corinthians 1: 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same Mind and in the same Judgment.

    Philippians 2:1-17 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy that ye be likeminded having the same love being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

    Philippians 3:14-16 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be Perfect be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless where to we have already attained let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

    2Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in Peace; and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.

    Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

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  11. JD, I am so grateful I found you again, thanks to Daily Warrior. Somehow I must have accudentally unfollowed. I needed to hear this so badly, it encourages me to stay the course, reconciling my relationship with God, with my wife, and dealing with my zddiction which is actually only possible by drawing closer to Him. Thank you for all of your king words of encouragement in the past and especially for this post. Blessings dear sister, ❤ Barney

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    1. It is good to see you, Barney! I have kept both you and your wife in my prayers. I have also noticed that some of the ones I have followed turned up ‘unfollowed’ for some reason. I think there are WP glitches.

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      1. Thank You JD. We are taking more and I am eing much more open and vulnerable with her about my struggles and emotional issues. She is going to a spouse support group as well.

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  12. Reblogged this on A Blog About Healing From PTSD and commented:
    WOW. Just WOW. I think this is the best blog post that I have ever read.

    Here on my blog, I write about healing from PTSD. But in my opinion — indeed, in my personal experience — there is no healing apart from God. And the ultimate purpose of my healing, indeed, the ultimate purpose of my existence, is to honor God.

    For most of my life, I did not know this. I was agnostic, almost an atheist, for many years. Oh how I regret those wasted years! But today, this is who I am: I am a Christian believer, a Christ follower, and for the rest of my existence, I want to honor and serve the Lord Jesus Christ in all that I do and all that I am. I don’t know how to do that perfectly, by any means. But His grace, love, and mercy covers all my failings.

    Comments are closed on my blog, please visit Shattered in Him. Thank you for stopping by and God bless.

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  13. I came here to let you know that I finally saw the wonderful sweet email that you sent me back on February 8 — and to tell you how sorry I am for not seeing your email and answering a lot sooner — and then I read this post and was stopped right in my tracks.

    You amaze and inspire me!!!!

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  14. I have been struggling with this lately. I pray for direction every day. I know God is working through me, but I am waiting for a clear sign of what he wants me to do. Separating my own wants for my talents from what He wants is challenging. This helps me remember that as long as I am honoring Him in all that I do, I am at least headed in the right direction. Thanks!

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