Morning Coffee with Jesus - Monday, August 6, 2012
"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." (Eph 4:1-3)
Greetings loved ones!
Recenty I've been thinking about how God calls us into service for Him. Whether you are called to be a Pastor, a teacher, a prison chaplain, a prayer warrior, or a cook in the kitchen during church-related functions, God asks each of us to serve the Body of Christ.
For some, that call is distinct and unmistakably God. That was my experience with being called to be a writer. I had been praying about becoming a writer for quite a while. My prayer had been, "Lord, make it abundantly clear" and one day while listening to the radio the speaker said, "If God is calling you to be a writer, YOU BE A WRITER!" Wow! More "abundantly clear" it could not have been!
For others, however, the call is not always as obvious as that. So how do you know what God is calling you to do? There are some key signs to watch for as you seek out your calling.
1. Look inward. God has already gifted you in the area in which you are to serve.
What are the things you love to do in the Body that take no effort at all? These are things that come naturally to you. Do you love to cook? Are you gifted with a musical ability? Do you have a passion for prayer? Love to encourage others to "go for it" or pick someone up when the are down? Are you an organizational "whiz" or a natural-born leader? Are you an actor? These are gifts that God places in us while we're still in the womb so that God can use us to strengthen and encourage the Body.
2. Look outward. Look at the ministries in your church and see where help is needed. You've heard of the 20/80 rule - twenty percent of the people do eighty percent of the work. Unfortunately, this leaves the 20% burned out after a while and eighty percent of the people benefitting from the work of the others. God doesn't want us to sit idly by and watch others work. You will never know your true calling if you don't volunteer for something and give it a try.
3. Look upward. Ask God to reveal His will regarding how you are to serve. This is the most critical part of serving God. As we are called to serve we must be careful to remember Who we serve and why. Bragging about your gifts and flaunting the work you do in the Body is not how we are called to serve. As our scripture above says, be completely humble and gentle and keep the unity. If your method of serving includes bowling over others to be recognized, you can rest assured that is not honoring to God and eventually God will remove you from that ministry. Unity is God's priority, not talent.
So where and how are you serving in the Body? How is God calling you to serve Him differently today than He did one year ago?
Keep your eyes, ears, and above all else, your heart open to the leading of God's Holy Spirit. Pray that God will make it abundantly clear. Then, in humility, speak with your Pastor or the ministry leader in which you would like to serve. It very well may be that while God has been touching your heart and leading you into service, He's been touching the ministry leader's or Pastor's heart telling them to be patient because someone is coming along who can surely help!
Have an awesome day in Jesus!