In these last of the last days, how can we joyfully fulfill our calling?
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
Paul’s Greatest Joy
Joy is found in fulfilling the purpose for which we were created.
A Fulfilled Calling
This brings us back to the primary message in the last two posts. We will find our greatest joy in fulfilling our calling, not in being used by God. After all, our calling represents the detailed instructions for living out our purpose. No more vague generalities like glorify God. We need specifics, and our calling provides them.
AS I SEE IT
When we say, “Lord, use me,” as a general term, we are implying that we have no calling and are looking for something to do.
Identifying Our Calling
We love to quote Romans 8:28 in difficult times, but we usually fail to emphasize the last part: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. If you aren’t seeing God bring good out of everything, perhaps it is because you have ignored your earthly calling. I’m not talking about a special calling to engage in some specific work like becoming a pastor. I’m talking about the calling we all have been given.
Since Paul was God’s chosen apostle to the Church, he is our earthly example. Our general calling is identical to his and his brought him great joy: Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed: and in this I rejoice, yes, I will rejoice (Phil. 1:18). This is your calling. This is your earthly purpose, not being useful to God. This is our assigned role in the difficult days that are upon us. Have you accepted your calling?
Time to Get Real
Depending on your age, you may feel that finishing well doesn’t apply to you, but everything in our world suggests that the Rapture could be imminent. Whenever Christ comes for His Church, will He find you faithfully fulfilling your calling. Will He commend you for finishing well?
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
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