God’s Call – Part 5

What do I need to understand to follow through on God’s call in my life?

1. God wants your availability, not just your abilities.

1 Timothy 1:12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.

God will provide you with what you need and strengthen you for what He has appointed you to.  God does not always call the equipped, but He always equips the called.

2. You must be most concerned with surrender and submission

Matthew 20:26-28 – Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

God wants us to surrender to what He has for us…before He reveals it to us.  God wants us to get to the place in our trust in Him, where we will just say “yes,” even before we know all of the details.  God’s plans for us are good

3. God’s plan for your life will be unveiled as you walk with Him daily, not one big package plan all at once.

Matthew 6:33-34 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

God is not going to show us His plan all at once.  It would be too overwhelming to us and we would find a way to mess it up before we got there.  We are to be faithful in pursuing God one day at a time.  Listen for God’s voice and be obedient each day, and God will clearly teach you what He wants you to know, and take you where He wants you to be.

4. Do not worship God’s will, pursue God and you will be His will as he guides you.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6  – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Seek God for who He is, not just for what He can do for you.  Seek God’s face, not His hands.  If you seek the face of God, and worship Him in spirit and truth, you will see God’s work in and around you.

5. Serve wherever you are right now.

Colossians 4:17 – … “See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.”

We have to be faithful to continue in and complete the last thing God called us to do. We have to serve wherever we are, and whatever our circumstance.  If and when God is ready to move us toward something new, He will make that clear. The way you leave one ministry is the way you enter into the next.  If we are not being faithful now, why would God trust us with something bigger?

6. Do not fear missing God’s call if you make a mistake.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Our God is a God of second chances.  If we missed out on His will whenever we made a mistake, we would all miss out.  God is sovereign over our lives and even takes our mistakes and times that we have missed Him and turns them into good.

7. A life of obedience to God’s Word and will automatically put you into full-time ministry, whether vocational or not.

God has given each of us gifts to use to minister to those around us.  No matter what your vocational calling is, if we will be obedient and use our gifts to encourage and lift up others, we will minister wherever we are.  Romans 12:3-8

8. You must focus on WHO THE MINISTER IS, not just WHAT THE MINISTER DOES

We must be men and women of Character.  God wants to sanctify us and make us more like Jesus.  We must trust Him to change the things in us that need to be changed and seek to live pure lives. 

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