Thursday, May 16, 2024

Doing Your Calling

Doing Your Calling 
by David Brenneman 

This post might be an odd one or it might not be. In Christ, you're in the body of Christ. Set wherever the Spirit saw fit to place you. We read of that in the New Testament. 

The question begs...are you doing your calling or are you living for Jesus, only fitting in your calling to appease your conscience, and living for self the rest of the week?

For me, now over 5 years ago...this is one of a few passages that set me on the path that I am on. 

‭“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life." Ezekiel 33:7-9. That I would be given things to say and that it would be upon me to write them. The results are beyond anything that I could have asked for or thought. 225,000 views, over 81 places on this planet and possibly the International Space Station. My own personal efforts of passing out a business card with the address on it and daily posts to that website and Facebook being it. God's not let me down at all in providing at least a message per day. Sometimes more than one.  
   I know not what's coming nor do I remember why I write what I do. The pen knows not what's coming anymore than the paper in the hands of the creator. 

I am in awe of what the Spirit has accomplished and my prayers often are that through this that either someone comes to Christ for salvation or returns to Him. But it takes obedience. It takes sacrifice as well. It means getting up earlier than most to spend time with Jesus. 

Do you sacrifice anything to be with Jesus? If not, why not? Our days aren't about our desires being met. We live in a dying world. We have a mission in life that's bigger than ourselves. To be brutally honest...who cares about worldly recognition. It's futility in itself. Each day our recognition should come from Jesus alone. Our goal should be to hear Him say "Well done!". Is that your goal? Again, if not, why not?

You are to be His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that you might walk in them. What happens when the creation keeps trying to do their own thing rather than be the new creation in Christ? Not a whole lot of growth. Not a whole lot of anything.  

I certainly wouldn't be where I am today if I kept going or I should say kept insisting on my way. 

Contentment will elude you my Dear Reader if you're looking for it in anything other than your walk with Jesus. Oh you'll have episodes of what amounts to fake contentment. It's those short-term things that don't last and yet we keep pursuing them. 

How guilty do you feel about never once having read through your whole Bible? The Bible isn't just historical, nor is it entirely prophetic. It's also the Love Letter from Jesus to you. He wrote you His Letter, essentially written in His blood, have you read it? You can't grow in Christ if you have no idea what growth in Christ looks like. It's found in the pages of this Letter from Jesus. 

Our world wants our attention to be anywhere on anything other than in the Bible and in prayer. The more we avoid those the more we are oblivious to the work of God in the world. The less we do for Jesus and each other.   

You DO have a purpose under the stars that our Creator has set in order just for you to be doing. The only retirement plan in the Bible is leaving this world to step into Heaven. Our work is not done, it's not finished, until God says to come home. We give Jesus 100% while we can. At least we're supposed to. We point people to Jesus and He takes it from there. Doesn't matter how old or how young you are. There's no age that we reach and say that we're done serving Jesus. 

How does your walk with Jesus look these days? Are you a committed Christian or a wishy-washy Christian? Are you one that's read your Bible so often that you have no idea how many times you've read it, or one who's never finished reading it at all?

You are the one who will stand before Jesus someday to give an account of your life before Him. 

Are the excuses you give today in not living wholeheartedly for Him now going to sound as good when that day comes for you?

Nobody retires in Christ Jesus. We only enter into His marvelous rest when we leave this world.   

Is it time for you to get serious? 
Is it time to start reading your whole Bible?  
Is it time to really be serious in your prayer life?

Are what's important to Jesus important to you? Are you doing that which the Spirit has set you in the body of Christ to be doing?

If you're an ear, be the best at it that you can be. Don't try to be an arm, a leg, or any other part. Paul wrote about this. 

Give of your best to the Master. 
Now and always. 

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