Category Archives: Calling

Watcha gonna do?


Do you have a plan? Do you have a goal? Do you have a purpose?

Whatcha gonna do?

Finish high school? Learn a trade? Get a college degree? Go to university?

Have you gotten a call? Has God put something into your heart that you are now going to pursue?

Everyone doesn’t find value in the same things. Some find value in what can be acquired or how much money can they make. Some find value in how they can help others and serve in their communities or around the world.

Do you have priorities? Do you realize the impact on the rest of your life because of them?

Think you don’t have priorities? Think again! Where are you spending your time? What do you spend your money on? Seems that is where your priorities are!

Why not seek first God’s kingdom and God’s ways? And then let God help you take care of the other needs of your life?

Achievements people value vary too! Are you looking to achieve something that can be lost, stolen, or destroyed? Are you looking to achieve something that can never be lost, stolen, or destroyed but rather will last forever? Longevity! Eternity! Focus! Calling! Purpose! Plan!

Where are you at today? Do you view each day as starting with “Happy” and ending with “day” and so whatever ends up in the middle makes it today?

Whose promises will you pursue? Where are you going to build your life on? The world’s? God’s?

The world’s which as you can tell from everyday life sways like the waves in the sea based on popular opinion? God’s which never changes and is like the solid rock that can’t be moved!

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

–from Matthew 7

Whatcha gonna do? Jesus is calling out to you! The devil is speaking lies to you!

What will you value? How will you show value? Whatcha gonna do?

Have you been called to serve in the workplace? Have you been called to serve in the church, in missions, on the field? There is ministry to be had everywhere! They are all important! They are all through one body! They are all for the body of Jesus working together that the world will come to learn the truths and the hope and the love and the purpose of God!

So what goal are you pursuing? What call are you answering? Beyond the job, the career, the title, what is the goal you are pursuing?

Whatcha gonna do? Don’t waste your time and efforts! Don’t waste your life without purpose, meaning, and goals! Don’t waste your life pursuing the wrong goals that will fade and disappear but rather pursue goals that will have purpose and last for all of eternity!

Whatcha gonna do? Why not choose with that free will you have to pursue something meaningful! Why not choose to have meaning, purpose, and goals that will make a difference not only to you but also to your family, friends, and community?

Life is so much more than stuff! So much more than property and possessions! So…

Property and possessions shouldn’t be your goal or purpose, they would be the byproducts of your obedience and purpose of pursuing God and His kingdom and His righteousness! Remember how we are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…

Teaching about Money and Possessions

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[e] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

–from Matthew 6

Whatcha gonna do? … Why?


 Find Your Purpose in Life

Day 244: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. Pursue righteousness and love … Proverbs 21:17-26
  2. Aim to please God … 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
  3. Rise to Micah’s challenge … Micah 5:1-7:20
    • It is possible to have a wasted soul. God warns, through Micah, against:

      ‘Obscene wealth…

      piled up by cheating and fraud…

      shady deals and shifty scheming…

      No matter how much you get, it will never be enough –

      hollow stomachs, empty hearts.

      No matter how hard you work, you’ll have nothing to show for it –

      bankrupt lives, wasted souls’ (6:10–14, MSG).

      At times, the prophet Micah looks forward (for example, see 7:7–20). At one point he unknowingly prophesies about Jesus (Matthew 2:5–12). He sees a ruler coming from Bethlehem, ‘Whose origins are from of old, from ancient times… And he will be their peace’ (Micah 5:2,5a). He will be known as ‘Peacemaker of the world!’ (v.4b, MSG).

      At other times, the prophet Micah looks back. He looks at all that God has done for his people (see 6:3 onwards). He redeemed them. He led them (v.4). He urged them to ‘remember’ (v.5).

      God is a God of astonishing love and mercy: ‘Mercy is your specialty. That’s what you love most. And compassion is on its way to us. You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing. You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean’ (7:18–19, MSG).

      Through Jesus your past is totally forgiven. Don’t keep looking back with regret. God has ‘hurled all [your] iniquities into the depths of the sea’ (v.19) and there is ‘no fishing’ allowed.

      What will our response be to this amazing grace? Micah presents this challenge: ‘To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’ (6:8c). This threefold challenge gives us the purpose and goal of our lives.

      Act justly

      Justice is very high up on God’s agenda. Injustice causes so much of the world’s suffering today. I have to make this a higher priority in my own life and in our community. We must do more to see that the poor, the marginalised and the voiceless receive justice.

      Love mercy

      God has shown us such mercy. Our response should be to show mercy to others. As Joyce Meyer puts it, ‘People do not need to be pressured to perform perfectly; they need to be loved and accepted.’ We need to bring the message of the gospel of God’s love and mercy to as many as possible, including the prisoners, the homeless, the elderly and the poor.

      Walk humbly with God

      Never see yourself as better, above, or more important than other people. A proud person overestimates their own importance. They cannot laugh at themselves. ‘Don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously’ (v.8c, MSG). We cannot do any of this unless we are walking in a relationship with the Lord.

       

      These three go together. True faith is evidenced by how you live. This is why Paul writes that ‘the things done while in the body’ (2 Corinthians 5:10) really matter. You will be judged by them. They are the evidence of your faith.

      –from Day 244: Bible In One Year 2017


Today’s Bible Reading…

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Don’t give up on your calling!


Were you called? Were you sent? Did you answer? Did you go?

God's calling
Ring…Ring… will you pick up? Answer the call!

Don’t give up on your calling! Trust in God and align to His purpose and plan for your life!

What has God called you to? Is it leadership? Is it friendship? Is it missions? Is it caring for the youth? Is it caring for the elderly? Is it caring for orphans? Is it caring for foster kids? Is it mentoring? Is it to be a great parent? Is it to be a great spouse? Is it to be a great child? Is it to be a great sibling? What is your calling?

Consider at home… Consider in your community… Consider at work…

Are you living up to your calling? Are  you working towards your potential?

Do you realize as today’s devotional is entitled “Your Calling is Irrevocable”?

for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.

–from Romans 11:29


Your Calling is Irrevocable —

Day 209: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalms 89:19-29, Romans 11:11-32, 1 Chronicles 4:9-43, 1 Chronicles 5

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/3420-bible-in-one-year-2017/day/209

  1. God’s covenant with his people will last forever … Psalm 89:19-29
  2. God’s promises to Israel will prevail … Romans 11:11-32
  3. God’s generous character and his blessings are unchanging … 1 Chronicles 4:9-5:26

click to the devotional to read each of these points…


When I think of the words, “God’s promises are true” it makes me think of this song…

We all have a choice at a second chance…


We’ve all made mistakes! We’ve all missed the mark! Not all of us have decided to receive forgiveness! Not all of us who have been forgiven will forgive ourselves! Do you realize we are all able to have a second chance? Do you realize God is the God of second chances, 3rd, 4th, … chances? But will you turn back to Him and ask for forgiveness? Will you choose to not carry the burden of unforgiveness for others as well as for yourself? We all have freewill and we all have to make the choice for ourselves! So how will you decide to choose?

Consider Jonah who walked away but then cried out to God! Consider the story of the lost son and when he realized as a servant for his father he turned back and asked for forgiveness! There are so many examples throughout the Bible for us to take hold of and move forward with God rather than allowing a bitter root to grow and for us to get stuck in the past rather than walking into the future with God! His plans are to give you a hope and a future! His love never fails, never gives up, never runs out!

Do you have an issue with someone? Why not work it out with them rather than escalating things?

Do you realize that no matter what you have done you can be justified before God? It takes asking Jesus into your heart! It takes making that step of faith to believe in Jesus and start living the new live that begins once you have made that choice!

Don’t you want to be right with God? Do you want to be like you have never sinned before? Being washed of the redness of sin so to be white and clean as snow?

Receive Jesus and be justified! Be reconciled to God!

We need to believe to be counted as righteous!


As If You Had Never Sinned

Day 198: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional. Psalms 86:1-10. Romans 4:1-15. Amos 5

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/3420-bible-in-one-year-2017/day/198

  1. Rumours of justification … Psalm 86:1-10
  2. Celebration of justification … Romans 4:1-15
  3. Communities of justification … Amos 5:1-27

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that You have planned for me today! I thank You Lord for a day of rest after an incredible set of camps where You made a way when there didn’t seem to be a way and in spite of what the devil tried to do to keep us from making a way, You made a way that was even better than what was planned! Lord, give me eyes to see and ears to hear how I should live out today for I call on You for I know that You will save me and I will give You glory! I lift up all the campers and counselors and staff from camp that You will bless them so that they will be renewed and restored through You love and power I ask. Lord, may all that I do and say today bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

How will you start the rebuilding?


Will there be a time of separation? Will there be a time of realignment? Will there be a time of justice? Will there be a time of confession? Will there be a time of mercy? Will there be a time of humility? Will there be a time of cleansing? Will there be a time of decision? Will there be a time of seeking? Will there be a time of asking? Will there be a time of knocking? Will there be a time of forgiveness? Will there be a time of freedom?

What does rebuilding look like to you? Do you have a firm foundation to build upon? Do you have a cornerstone to align to? Do you have the right material to be able to start building up? Do you have the right wisdom and perspective to start? Do you have the perseverance to complete the work? Do you have the boldness to withstand the attacks? Do you have the courage to resist the enemy? Are you ready to make a difference?

How can we reset to get rid of the bad, the wrong, the mistakes? How will we realign with God’s Word and do what He asks of us? How will we be transformed by receiving Jesus into our hearts? How will we changed by building up our relationship with God? How will our faith be built up? How will we confess our sins and give them up to God in humility? Let’s humble ourselves and pray! Let’s ask for forgiveness! Let’s forgive those who have sinned against us! Let’s praise God! Let’s align and bring forth heaven on earth to the world around us! Let’s ask and trust in God to be our provider! Let’s walk with God and not go from the way!

Need help getting started? Need help coming up with a plan? Need help executing the plan? Need help? Turn to God and ask Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine!

We need to fill our hearts to overflowing with love! We need to remove any hatred by overflowing this love into the lives of the people God brings around us! He is our salvation! Yes, it is true that not everyone will be willing to hear and receive the Good News, but we can still share it! Yes, it is true that there is such thing as good and evil and as such some will not be interested in hearing the good news, but we can till the soil of hard hearts, we can plant seeds of hope and water it with grace, and maybe our work will not return void and many lives will be saved and transformed thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

So let’s consider this as we complete today’s reading with the chapters from the New Testament…

The Tongue

1My friends, not many of you should become teachers. As you know, we teachers will be judged with greater strictness than others. 2 All of us often make mistakes. But if a person never makes a mistake in what he says, he is perfect and is also able to control his whole being. 3We put a bit into the mouth of a horse to make it obey us, and we are able to make it go where we want. 4Or think of a ship: big as it is and driven by such strong winds, it can be steered by a very small rudder, and it goes wherever the pilot wants it to go. 5So it is with the tongue: small as it is, it can boast about great things.
Just think how large a forest can be set on fire by a tiny flame! 6 And the tongue is like a fire. It is a world of wrong, occupying its place in our bodies and spreading evil through our whole being. It sets on fire the entire course of our existence with the fire that comes to it from hell itself. 7We humans are able to tame and have tamed all other creatures—wild animals and birds, reptiles and fish. 8But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison. 9 We use it to give thanks to our Lord and Father and also to curse other people, who are created in the likeness of God. 10Words of thanksgiving and cursing pour out from the same mouth. My friends, this should not happen! 11No spring of water pours out sweet water and bitter water from the same opening. 12A fig tree, my friends, cannot bear olives; a grapevine cannot bear figs, nor can a salty spring produce sweet water.

The Wisdom from Above

13 Are there any of you who are wise and understanding? You are to prove it by your good life, by your good deeds performed with humility and wisdom. 14But if in your heart you are jealous, bitter, and selfish, don’t sin against the truth by boasting of your wisdom. 15Such wisdom does not come down from heaven; it belongs to the world, it is unspiritual and demonic. 16Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is also disorder and every kind of evil. 17But the wisdom from above is pure first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle, and friendly; it is full of compassion and produces a harvest of good deeds; it is free from prejudice and hypocrisy. 18And goodness is the harvest that is produced from the seeds the peacemakers plant in peace.

–James 3

We need to use our words to praise God! We need to be giving thanksgiving and sharing the good news! We need to bear good fruit! We need to produce good fruit through wisdom from God! Keep allowing Jesus to clean out and fill your heart with love, for from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks! Look for ways to be filled up daily with God’s love and God’s Word so that no matter the trials or the troubles or the sorrows, we can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world! Let’s be filled with the love and the hope of the Lord so that when we face trials of many kinds, we can consider it pure joy and allow faith and perseverance to work in and through us so that in the end we will be complete and lacking nothing! Let’s allow God’s grace to have it’s way in us and share them with others! Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings! Let’s do our best to add goodness to our faith; to our goodness add knowledge; to our knowledge add self-control; to our self-control add endurance; to our endurance add godliness; to our godliness add Christian affection; and to our Christian affection add love. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak in you and thru you so that you will be encouraged and so that those God has brought into your life can similarly be encouraged and directed into His presence!

1From Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ—
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have been given a faith as precious as ours:
2May grace and peace be yours in full measure through your knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

God’s Call and Choice

3God’s divine power has given us everything we need to live a truly religious life through our knowledge of the one who called us to share in his own glory and goodness. 4In this way he has given us the very great and precious gifts he promised, so that by means of these gifts you may escape from the destructive lust that is in the world, and may come to share the divine nature. 5For this very reason do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; 6to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; 7to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love. 8These are the qualities you need, and if you have them in abundance, they will make you active and effective in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if you do not have them, you are so shortsighted that you cannot see and have forgotten that you have been purified from your past sins.
10So then, my friends, try even harder to make God’s call and his choice of you a permanent experience; if you do so, you will never abandon your faith. 11In this way you will be given the full right to enter the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
12And so I will always remind you of these matters, even though you already know them and are firmly grounded in the truth you have received. 13I think it only right for me to stir up your memory of these matters as long as I am still alive. 14I know that I shall soon put off this mortal body, as our Lord Jesus Christ plainly told me. 15I will do my best, then, to provide a way for you to remember these matters at all times after my death.

Eyewitnesses of Christ’s Glory

16We have not depended on made-up stories in making known to you the mighty coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. With our own eyes we saw his greatness. 17 We were there when he was given honor and glory by God the Father, when the voice came to him from the Supreme Glory, saying, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased!” 18We ourselves heard this voice coming from heaven, when we were with him on the holy mountain.
19So we are even more confident of the message proclaimed by the prophets. You will do well to pay attention to it, because it is like a lamp shining in a dark place until the Day dawns and the light of the morning star shines in your hearts. 20Above all else, however, remember that none of us can explain by ourselves a prophecy in the Scriptures. 21For no prophetic message ever came just from the human will, but people were under the control of the Holy Spirit as they spoke the message that came from God.

–2 Peter 1

 


Today's Reading: Ezra 9, Ezra 10, Psalm 28, James 3, 2 Peter 1

Where are you at?


Are you one who would be cast aside? Are you one who would be called?

Being given a high position — how will you handle it?

How will you lead? Will you lead humbly? Will you serve as leader?

Will you allow pride to trip you up? Will you allow pride to be the reason for your fall?

In whom will you put your trust? How much will you trust them? How much would you put your actions behind their words?

Do you consider the implications prior to taking actions? Consider what could be! Consider what might be!

How would you answer the call? How would you make the call? What would be the intentions of your heart? What are the thoughts going through your mind? What will the overflow of your heart and mind be?

There is purpose into why you had been called. There is a reason for you to be in the position you have been called into. Consider where you are at, how you got there, why you have been called, who has called you, what is the purpose for you being called to such a place at such a time!

Would you share the news? Will you pass it along for the benefit of others? Have you given spoken the truth in love to the one who needed to hear it?

Do you need help? Will you turn to God and ask Him for help? Will you pray?

In whom do you have confidence? Where does your confidence come from? In whom will you trust? Put your hope and trust in God!

Just as the lost child, turn back and return home to your Abba Father – our heavenly Father. Cry out to Jesus and be saved! Don’t put it off! Don’t miss out! Don’t worry! Don’t fear! Put your trust in God! Share the hope that is within you with the people around you! Consider what is yet to come for us who believe in Jesus! Let’s be encouraged as children of God! Let’s receive His correction to be able to become more like God!

where-are-you-at-today

As we meditate on this, let’s conclude our time reading from today’s reading from the New Testament…

God Our Father

1As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. 2Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne.
3Think of what he went through; how he put up with so much hatred from sinners! So do not let yourselves become discouraged and give up. 4For in your struggle against sin you have not yet had to resist to the point of being killed. 5 Have you forgotten the encouraging words which God speaks to you as his children?

“My child, pay attention when the Lord corrects you,
and do not be discouraged when he rebukes you.
6Because the Lord corrects everyone he loves,
and punishes everyone he accepts as a child.”

7Endure what you suffer as being a father’s punishment; your suffering shows that God is treating you as his children. Was there ever a child who was not punished by his father? 8If you are not punished, as all his children are, it means you are not real children, but bastards. 9In the case of our human fathers, they punished us and we respected them. How much more, then, should we submit to our spiritual Father and live! 10Our human fathers punished us for a short time, as it seemed right to them; but God does it for our own good, so that we may share his holiness. 11When we are punished, it seems to us at the time something to make us sad, not glad. Later, however, those who have been disciplined by such punishment reap the peaceful reward of a righteous life.

Instructions and Warnings

12 Lift up your tired hands, then, and strengthen your trembling knees! 13 Keep walking on straight paths, so that the lame foot may not be disabled, but instead be healed.
14Try to be at peace with everyone, and try to live a holy life, because no one will see the Lord without it. 15 Guard against turning back from the grace of God. Let no one become like a bitter plant that grows up and causes many troubles with its poison. 16Let no one become immoral or unspiritual like Esau, who for a single meal sold his rights as the older son. 17 Afterward, you know, he wanted to receive his father’s blessing; but he was turned back, because he could not find any way to change what he had done, even though in tears he looked for it.
18 You have not come, as the people of Israel came, to what you can feel, to Mount Sinai with its blazing fire, the darkness and the gloom, the storm, 19the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of a voice. When the people heard the voice, they begged not to hear another word, 20 because they could not bear the order which said, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling and afraid!”
22Instead, you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, with its thousands of angels. 23You have come to the joyful gathering of God’s first-born, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, who is the judge of all people, and to the spirits of good people made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus, who arranged the new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that promises much better things than does the blood of Abel.
25 Be careful, then, and do not refuse to hear him who speaks. Those who refused to hear the one who gave the divine message on earth did not escape. How much less shall we escape, then, if we turn away from the one who speaks from heaven! 26His voice shook the earth at that time, but now he has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven as well.” 27The words “once more” plainly show that the created things will be shaken and removed, so that the things that cannot be shaken will remain.
28Let us be thankful, then, because we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please him, with reverence and awe; 29 because our God is indeed a destroying fire.

–Hebrews 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Today's Reading: Esther 1, Esther 2, Psalm 108, Hebrews 12