Our Calling

to love or not to love...

Comments left for me by Optimistic Bob a while back has served as the source of inspiration for this hub. Indeed there are people in this world who attend church and profess to be Christians although it seems as though church for many can be more like a social club. Many individuals make Jesus 'Savior' but neglect to make Him Lord and in so doing are missing out on so much and not really having much of a positive impact on the world around them. There are some who think that just because they go to church or have gone through a bunch of traditional sacraments they are righteous or "in right standing" before God. If one examines the Bible, one should discover for themselves that this is not so. We need to have a personal relationship, not solely adhere to a routine. I'm not saying a persons salvation is in question if, with a sincere heart, one has received Jesus as Savior. If one chooses to be complacent however, not stretching beyond the "comfort zone," is this a matter of disobedience, cheating others, as well as oneself? There is a Stephen Curtis Chapman song that comes to mind called "More to this Life."

Mother Teresa was a beautiful saint who I believe obeyed and fulfilled the calling God had on her life through serving others in a tangible way. I'm certain she has received a crown and heard the words, 'well done good and faithful servant.' I am also confident that the Lord does not see her as just a servant, I'm sure He sees her as His beloved because I believe her relationship w/ the Lord was quite intimate (and of course I don't mean that in a sexual way). I think God shared His heart w/her because of her solid devotion for Him as well as those He loves. He entrusted her with a lot in spite of the fact that she was in a country where poverty has been prevalent - she's touched many lives. She is a classic example of one who was not only a "hearer of the Word, but a doer of the Word." The Bible tells us that faith without works is dead, so even though we are saved, by GRACE (also an acronym for "Gods Riches At Christs Expense") through faith in Jesus, it's not until we truly allow Jesus to be Lord of our lives, surrendering our hearts and MINDS to Him that we experience His transforming power and are more like him. What did Jesus do? What would He have us do? Love our neighbors (whether right next door or on the other side of the world) as ourselves, be his hands and feet. This means serving others and meeting their needs in tangible ways, to include prayer that results in healing and/or deliverance, and going, perhaps to parts of the earth one wouldn't have considered.... It comes down to knowing the voice of God, allowing the Spirit to lead and guide and choosing to obey, trusting that His ways are higher and that He has our best interest at heart. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, not plans for harm (or calamity), but plans to prosper you, to give you a hope and a future." I can personally testify about the Lord blessing others through my choice to obey, and as a result, I question whether they or I, experienced the greater blessing.

One thing I know is constant - we need to be equipped to share our faith and have a willingness to do so. If God is for us, it matters not who is against us and we can do all things through Christ Jesus who gives us strength. From time to time, I have to ask about my calling - what about you? Aside from loving God with all one's heart, mind soul and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves, are we being called to more? Perhaps feeding the hungry, building a home or church in the area... or in another part of the world. Could it be visiting people in the hospital and laying hands on them and praying for them to recover? Maybe it's teaching and equipping others to do these types of things? We need to step out - walking with God is not always easy, but it is a glorious adventure.

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christinekv 6 years ago from Washington Author

Yes indeed Marliza! Thanks for the visit and comment and blessings upon you too!


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Marliza Gunter 6 years ago from South Africa

yes..by the love we have for each other..so they will know that we are the disciples of Jesus..be blessed.. :)


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christinekv 7 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks  Jesus_saves_us_7 and Justcallmeleroy for visiting and commenting. I hope to find some time to check out your hubs too / participate more in the hubpages community as I did in days past...may have to wait until later this year with winter weather again - just doesn't seem to be enough time these days to fit everything and everyone in!

God bless!


Justcallmeleroy 7 years ago

Christine, This is well written and speaks to allot of problems with people in Church's that think it various ways and not the truth of the Love of Christ you are right on as I myself are writing hubs as with the same Spirit of. Love God Bless you


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Jesus_saves_us_7 7 years ago from Seeking Salvation

I couldn't have said it better myself, great hub! God Bless!


Debbie 7 years ago

Christine, what a forgiving GOD we have!!! I too are inconsistent reguarding days end. I too stuggle with guilt but I also know in my heart HE forgives and HE knows our hearts so we need to fight the fight with the full armour of GOD. The flesh is where we are flawed. You are right , any feelings we have that are negative are not of HIM but remember we trust HIM, HE does forgive us! and we bring our burdens to HIM, and of course HE LOVES US! It seems everything in life worth wild takes patients, time and discipline. I do know you are a child of GOD just by the way you speak, you are honest, sincere, intelligent, kind, loving, and you have compassion! The is no question! I appreciate and are grateful to be able to express what I feel and know someone is really listening. The LORD is truly amazing in so many ways, how HE allows us to find each other. Thank you so much for your encouragement and thank you FATHER GOD for us to find one another. Blessings to you always!!!!


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christinekv 7 years ago from Washington Author

HI Debbie - I too talk with God throughout the day yet after days on end of inconsistencies regarding not being in the Word, I still struggle w/ guilt. There is no condemnation for us who are in Christ Jesus (so I know these feelings aren't from Him) at the same time, I know Bible reading too helps us in growing closer, going deeper. I guess like any relationship, the quality of it has to do with the time we invest. The scripture I love about how we haven't been given a spirit of fear, but one of love, power and a sound mind....instead of 'sound mind,' some translations I believe say 'self discipline'....something I do struggle with. The beauty of grace however is that no matter what, He loves us! Thank you Lord!


Debbie 7 years ago

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6 I love this! It is so important to know that the Lord examines our hearts. People tend to forget because they are so into religion and forget GOD! We don't realize the blessings we miss out on when we don't hear the LORD or obey HIS word. Our connection, communication with the LORD is through prayer. I pray, but I often talk to the FATHER though out the day and often think about HIS LOVE! I know He exists! He has been soooo Gracies to me....Look around us how can we not believe? The trees, the sky, the ocean, the Life!!!!!!! The Universe! HE is truly amazing!!!!! How grateful we are he is Merciful! Praise be the LORD JESUS! Thank you it is so good to share and express your heart and mind. The Grace of our LORD JESUS CHRIST be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21


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christinekv 7 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks RGraf and Denny for visiting and commenting. I'm glad you appreciated this hub. I long for the day when today's church operates more like it did in the book of Acts and I believe it's coming soon!

Denny, your second paragraph echos the sentiments of a good friend of mine (we gather on Tuesday eve's at his house, with his family for worship and prayer).

Blessings to you both and Merry Christmas!


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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Fabulous heartfelt hub! Seems like God is calling a lot of people out of the traditional church paradigm to go out into the world and see the world as their church.

That's pretty much what God called me to do over 25 years ago. Every time I speak with someone about anything I'm basically "having church." It really is all about a communion of spirit with others!

It doesn't have to be a religious conversation in the usual sense of the word but rather a sharing of goodwill, God's Love as He chooses to express it. My only job is to just arrive, listen, interact, release the anointing - and then trust God to do the rest for the person.

It really is a simple formula without all the hystrionics. Thanks for a very interesting hub!


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Amen! It is sad that many who warm the pews don't realize that that is all that they are doing. thank you for a great article.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Hi Mike -

Thanks for the gracious comment.  I will have to disagree with you though as I'm not a Psalm 23 type.  I like to encourage others indeed, but I'm not one who shepherds.  Shepherds offer protection and guidance, nurse wounds etc. I'm prophetic, speaking truth and allowing God to do what He's going to with it.  I know I can lead though if He calls and empowers me to do so.

Hi Eddie -

Glad you liked this hub. I'm sure you are living up to the challenge (and have lived up) in more ways than you realize.  God smiles on you dear and precious, mighty man of God!

Blessings to you both!   


Eddie Perkins 8 years ago

Christine,

Very good hub and well written.

Thanks for the challenge. ~ eddie


mikeq107 8 years ago

Christine ;0)

Great Hub!

You do realize That you are a pastor as well and I do not say that lightly :0)

Keep it up!!!! Mike ;0)


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Singing Mommy and P. Carlotta for visiting and commenting. Glad you enjoyed the hub. PC, I really appreciate your passion, enthusiasm and encouragement! Yes, the church is certainly not a building! May the church which we read about (and receive revelation regarding) from the book of Acts be what we are all about!

Blessings!


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drpastorcarlotta 8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Hey Christinekv! Another GREAT HUB!!!!! I was just preaching on what church really is. Churcg is US!!!!! Let get real! Yes we go to Church to fellowship, to hold each other accountable, to encourage, to pray for, to worship, etc.... But when you leave then what? Your the CHURCH!! I use to go through alot of mess within the churches and I came to the conclusion that they are all struggling people just like myself but I am on a mission to work for my LORD no matter what! So I go to church and then when I leave I become the Church! Doing every thing that a Christian is suppose to do for God! All those things you said at the end of your Hub Christinekv is the works of the church, as I told you before you are a mighty woman of God that is on a mission. Continue to spread the Word and do the works, you are touching someone! Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!


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singingmommy 8 years ago from OKLAHOMA

very nice hub:.)


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Well I must say that if you want to be an Angel....act like one...G-Ma :o) hugs


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

thanks for reading and commenting Soyelude! God Bless!


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soyelude 8 years ago from Lagos - Nigeria

I agree on the social club part you mentioned...some people go to church simply to network...shame!! Nice exposition and great hub Christinekv.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Sir Dent! I couldn't agree w/ you more in terms of the leading of the Holy Spirit!


SirDent 8 years ago

Another great hub with a great message. I have noticed especially the last few years that it is harder to find a church that is led by the Spirit. If the Holy Ghost leads, everything will work.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks for reading Judy Madden and Mr. Marmalade, and thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

I agree about the comment on the Churches.Most are rich paper weighrts

full of empty words.

There is always more you and I can do.


Judy Madden 8 years ago

I don't think we need to take a scattergun approach to our calling. The thing that angers you the most is probably what you care about and are called to correct. Short of that, hearing from God personally, he will give as call beyond all doubts is always the best, and he has no trouble being heard when he wants to. so press in, folks, let's figure out what cog in the wheel we are, and then focus on Him..


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks to both of you guys for reading and commenting. There is so much to do and so little time and life just isn't as simple as it used to be! Prioritizing and balance I know are my greatest challenges! I've also heard it said that if we gave God the 10% commands, (the only place in the Bible I know of where it says to test Him in regards to His provision and pouring out of blessings) there wouldn't be unmet need in the world. We are all called to serve in different ways - all part of one Body, made up of different parts, none more important than another. Yet everything needs to begin w/and always include prayer. If the prayer isn't there, are we doing things in our own strength? My desire is to truly see those who are regular church attendee's do more than that...to experience all He is and has.


optimisticbob 8 years ago

Thanks Christinekv for a great hub. I agree that if we surrender our hearts, minds, souls and strength we can realize that we have been called to more.

Wehzo, We are called to be in community with God and His children and He will work through our lives in the situations and circumstances of the here and now (even our hectic, immediate gratification society).


Wehzo 8 years ago

Very good hub Christinekv. I couldn't agree with you more. Many churches are nothing more than social clubs dressed up like church. We need to start taking our spiritual health and christian development more seriously. We live in a society, in America, where people like things quick, fast and, in a hurry. Unfortunately, many churches have adopted this attitude, and have failed to disciple "the least of these" properly. There is no substitute for studying the word of God for ourselves.

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