Discover Your Calling

June 18

"I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me."
Psalm 101:3

Life is all about choices. The choices you make will affect both your life and your entire eternity. If a man truly understood this, he would spend his time making choices that will increase his status in the life to come. Oh if only one could be given a glimpse of the day he stands before the Lord. On that day he will understand, on that day he will see the result of his choices. Hopefully he will hear:

"Well done, good and faithful servant;
you were faithful over a few things,
I will make you ruler over many things.
Enter into the joy of your Lord."
Matthew 25:21

This is not about salvation, that issue is settled for the believer. No, on that day will be the review of what each one has done with the talents, gifts, and abilities given to him. God has made us unique, each one. There is not another like you in all the universe. You are as unique as your fingerprints. As unique as your DNA. And he has fitted you with the talents, abilities, gifts, and even the personality appropriate for you to be able to play your part, your unique part, in the walk through this life. Your talents are needed. The expression of your gifts is needed. No one else on earth can do what you alone are fitted to do.

You must never compare yourself with someone else because you are not called to do what anyone else is doing. Do not envy another his gifts or calling, that's a dead end road. Bring YOUR gifts and talents and present yourself before the Lord asking him to show you the role you, and you alone, are to play in this lifetime.

A short testimony: There was a man who had a similar calling to mine. One day I heard him speak to a Bible study class, and he told many stories of how the Lord used him to bring others to salvation. In the stories he told, it was obvious to me that his winsome personality drew people to him. He just had such a way with people. My approach was far different, so I thought to myself, "if only I could be like him, then I'd succeed." I went home that night excited and went into my room, closing the door behind me. I went before the Lord, thankful for the glimpse of HOW to approach people and convinced that if only I could be like this man I would be far more able to win souls to Christ. But I had no sooner gotten the first word out of my mouth, "Father," when the Lord interrupted me sternly and said to me, "Shall the clay say to the potter, 'why have you made me thus?!'"

I stood there absolutely dumbfounded, my mouth open, shocked, and I said to the Lord, "you mean you WANT me the way I am???" I could hardly believe it. I had thought I was asking for a good thing, but the Lord was not pleased and he let me know it the very moment I opened my mouth to speak.

I've thought of this many times through the years, and I've realized the uniqueness of each one's call. To ask to be something else is to insult God by suggesting that he made a mistake when he made you. I felt the brunt of his anger that day, and from that day forward I have never again asked him to make me like someone else, I pray instead for grace to carry out as perfectly as possible the unique part I play. And he has since opened doors to me that I never would have dreamed possible. Far more, in fact, than those of that man I had envied.

You can see the same results if you wholly dedicate yourself and your life to the Lord and seek from him grace to rise to the call and carry it out with all your heart. No call is insignificant, and regardless what you think of yourself, your gifts and talents can be put to work to create treasure in heaven for all eternity.

Again, it's all about choices. Just as you could spend your life acquiring treasure in heaven, so also you can spend your life avoiding your call if you so choose. It's your choice. One can come to the end of his life and say, "I did it my way" ...and then be shown the results of that, or one can come to the end of his life and say, "I did it HIS way," and be shown an entirely different result. The Lord will never violate the gift of free will which he gives to everyone. If you want to choose YOUR way, then you are free to walk that way. He won't violate your free choice. Just remember, the fruit of what you choose will affect your eternity forever.

"And everyone who has this hope in Him
purifies himself, just as He is pure."
1 John 3:3

Choose the good, choose the right, choose the pure, follow after Christ. Why would anyone choose any different? Think about it ....WHY?