Calling and Equipping
2Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
2Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Peter 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall…
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
The day I gave my heart to Jesus I was overwhelmed with an intense desire to do good and to continue dedicating myself to Him and His ways. I knew that I was being called because of the urging of the Spirit inside me, encouraging me to follow the dreams I had for reaching people’s hearts and ministering healing. I could constantly hear and feel Him guiding me, pointing out situations and people that needed a touch from God. In contrast I have had conversations with people who often times don’t know what exactly they were called to do, wondering whether they are called at all. This is usually due to the fact that they do not have a “church ministry” as we know it. We have been led to believe that if we are not pastoring a congregation or attending to church related matters a certain amount of hours a week that our callings are in fact inferior and practically non-existent. I want to tell you today that if you believe in Jesus and have surrendered your heart to Him, then you have in fact been called and have already adhered to this call. I believe that we are called upon daily to live a life of goodness and compassion. I believe that our callings are not merely the product of a prophecy we received some years ago, although these are imperative for guidance and clarity. The ultimate call on our lives is to partake in His nature and be expressions of His image. This means that our ministries and methods might have different faces, but are essentially singular in design. God created us for His glory, and calls us daily to live worthy of those callings. He requires us to live a life of love and virtue, being knowledgeable in the ways of His Son, loving each other and being kind, having compassion on one another and being patient with each other. So many scriptures* in the Bible begin with an admonishing to neglect and abandon negative ways of doing and thinking and instead adhere to admirable and good works as a sure way to operate in our given callings. This implies that our callings are not merely in having a “godly” career but in living a godly life and in doing good. God in His infinite goodness not only gave us His Son so that we could live, He then outdid himself by giving us everything we need to actually really live life to the full. He made it easy on us, left us His spirit who daily encourages us to grow in stature and maturity in His love and equipped us with gifts and talents to accomplish that for which we were called. Your calling is accomplished when you live a life of love and faith. It does not go to say that you need to be a minister to have a ministry. Jesus’ command to His disciples was to go out into all the world. We have been commanded to bind up the broken hearted and set the captives free and – ultimately- to proclaim good news. So whatever your vocation might be, your calling essentially comes into play when you encounter other people.
Your calling and purpose is an outflow of your identity in God. It is imperative that we know absolutely who this God is that we serve. He is a good God, and His intentions for you are only good, He called you unto good works and for His good pleasure. Let His love for you and the people around you guide you to live a life worthy of His calling. As His chosen and elect, He requires us to be perfected in Him. How do we become like Him? By loving people and ourselves as He loves us.
Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, long-suffering;
Colossians 3:13 forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye:
Colossians 3:14 and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.
I just want to encourage you and inject hope into your life, I want to affirm that yes, you are called and chosen. You are God’s selected. He chooses you still. You are destined for great things in His kingdom. He made you and formed you, He knows your name, He knows your face. He has called you His own.
This blog post is just a short summary of our thoughts on being called by God that we wrote as an introduction for our next post which will include practical tips for praying and ministering to people. This blog will serve as a practical application guidance for praying for sick people and ministering to people we encounter at the workplace and in everyday life and public places.