via Calling VS Work:
Month: October 2018
The Lord will often use imperfect people for his purpose to be carried out. There are many imperfect people in the Bible who felt unworthy and inadequate to have a calling placed on them by God, yet they did great things for his purpose. We are no different than these people, we only live at a different time, which is fast-paced and holds more distractions than what people in the Bible experienced. We often use our distractions as an excuse as to why we can’t do the calling placed on us. So today I show you the difference between a calling and work.
Work is something we do to survive, living in a world that functions off of a monetary system. We work for pay as money is used for an exchange. We buy and sell. We keep tabs on the hours we work and when we are off the clock. We work hard to live but some of us have made the mistake of “living to work” instead of “working to live”. Big difference between the two, as those of you who live to work, are missing out on what it truly means to live.
A calling is something we feel strongly that we were meant to do. Sometimes we are not sure what it is that we are meant to do, but we have an idea. We do know it is bigger than ourselves. It is something we are willing to do even if we receive no compensation or may need to use our own out of pocket money to continue. It may feel uncomfortable and we may have to step out of our comfort zone many times or even feel inconvenienced at times. It may require living a different lifestyle than what we are used too and maybe even relocating a time or two.
Both a calling and work require commitment and consistency. One receives monetary pay while the other may never receive any compensation. One requires complete surrender, the other requires showing up and completing tasks. Both can be fulfilling but also can be grueling at times.
There are many people who feel a calling on them. They may be unsure exactly what it is they are being called to do, yet they hold a surety within them, that they are meant to be different than who they have become. A calling is a feeling so strong that those who are called just know they were called. (You tend to have a strong feeling it was for you to do something, even though you may hold no desire of your own for what you were called for.) What is wonderful is when you are called, you don’t hold the need of getting confirmation from those around you, because you already hold confirmation from the Lord that you were chosen for the specific job placed upon you. This is not to say, that you will fully understand why he specifically chose you because I believe we all question that one for ourselves. If you do feel the need to get confirmation from others when you already got confirmation from the Lord, remind yourself the devil is throwing arrows of doubt, fear, second-guessing and insecurities your way, in an attempt to get you not to accept your calling. The devil doesn’t want us accepting our calling from the Lord, he wants to reroute our thinking into feelings of unworthiness or inadequacy. Did you know that Jeremiah had a calling placed on him while still in his mother’s womb? Jeremiah 1:4-5 “Then the word of the Lord came unto me saying 5) “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou comest out of the womb I sanctified thee and I ordained thee to a prophet unto the nations.”
If you are serious about accepting your calling, then you must seek out what your calling is. If you already know, then you must walk on faith whether you understand all the twists and turns you will encounter along the way or not. Don’t expect to have people agree with your calling, because there are people who will try to prevent you from completing what you were chosen to do, simply because they don’t agree with it. Not everybody will appreciate what you are doing and may hold harsh words to discourage you. (Don’t concern yourself with what these people think but rather concern yourself with what God thinks of you.) Remember to stay in prayer while removing sin daily, as Psalms 66:18 is our reminder if we hold iniquity in our hearts the Lord will not hear us. Iniquity is a willful sin.
In order to accept your calling and carry it out properly, you must stay in close communication with the Lord. He will give you the instructions and next steps to take as well as the protection needed to endure the journey before you. You can’t do this journey on your own strength; but with a willing and obedient heart, the Lord can work through you and give you the capability needed for the task you were chosen for. ( Proverbs 20:5) I leave you with one last reminder. Mathew 22:14 reminds us that many are called but few are chosen. (If you were chosen it is because the Lord found an obedient heart, in an imperfect person, he could use for His perfect work.)
Most of us tend to speak what we are thinking or feeling at the moment. We don’t stop to consider who else might be listening, other than the person we are speaking too. I’m very cautious with which words come out of my mouth. In the past, I would freely speak what I felt or was thinking at the moment.
The enemy (devil) listens. He listens carefully and acknowledges every word spoken. When our words tell what we feel or think, we just gave ammunition to the enemy to use against us. Our words hold guidance, they hold the power to be used against us by the one who is out to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) The “Father of lies” himself, the manipulator, accuser, thief, murderer, tempter, and ruler of the darkness finds great pleasure in taking our words and attacking us by the very things we spoke. Some of us have questioned why we were falsely accused by someone who claimed to love us or manipulated into conforming into what someone else wished for us to do or partake of. When we freely speak and begin our sentence with, “I just feel”, or “I’m hurt when you”, is the second the devil uses the person you are speaking with to inflict emotional pain somehow into the conversation. We tend to hold hurt feelings against the person we were speaking with but they were just the avenue the devil used to get to us. Most of the time the person we are hurt by has no idea the devil simply used them as a conduit to send a message straight to our heart. The message is sent to the area we do the most investing. Our heart is invested in those we love. Normally we get hurt by those we love the most, which is our spouse, children, siblings, friends or family members. We figure if it looked like them, sounds like them, or felt like them it must be them. Not everything is as it appears to be.
Scripture lets us know that the enemy waits and looks for opportunities to attack. (1Peter 5:8)
John 8:44 reminds us he is a murderer and the father of lies.
John 10:10 reminds us he is out to steal, kill and destroy. (We often forget he has had a long time to study us, and that he has figured out our weaknesses by listening to the words we speak.)
Ephesians 6:12 is our reminder that we aren’t wrestling against flesh and blood but rather against principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places. (The enemy’s strategy is to work from the unseen realm in order to better catch us off guard. It is hard to fight off an attack especially when we never saw it coming.)
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 is our wonderful reminder to bring every thought we hold into captivity for a time in order to be obedient in our thoughts towards Christ. ( This scripture is key to knowing that if we don’t hold our thoughts captive, then we are in danger of being held captive by our thoughts.)
My encouragement to you is to search the scriptures, be prepared for the battles that lie in wait for you and be cautious with the words you speak out loud. Knowing the strategies used against, allow for you to fight more effectively. The mistake we all keep making is being angry or hurt by the source in front of us, instead of the true source of our upset. It is the devil you are warring against, not the people around you…