Day 1: You Are Called

(This is a follow-up teaching on a series I did titled “You Are Called.” You can find it on the “Refocus App.”)

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV).

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV).

What is in your hand? A calling from God is not just for a select few. He has kingdom work for everyone to do (Ephesians 3:20).

Listen to the first video in my devotional series titled: “You are Called!”

“You are Called!”

When we are walking in our calling, God gets ALL the glory. He alone is worthy. BUT He did not create empty, emotionless robots. He receives glory and pleasure when we are doing what we were created to do. It is not about us, and we don’t share in any of His glory whatsoever. But man is not fully alive until we are in close fellowship and walking with “I Am!”

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him (John Piper). Click To Tweet

There’s JOY when we do what He asks us to do. I’m not talking about happiness that rises and falls according to what is going on around us. The kind of joy I’m talking about is sustaining and can’t be taken away. In Hebrews 12:1-2, it tells us to lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles us so that we may run with endurance the race that is set before us. How do we do that? We look “to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross.” He endured the cross because of the joy.

While we are walking in the calling that is NOW and right in front of us, we will have times of confusion, boredom, heartache and disappointment, but we don’t live there. Those things are just “fertilizer” that when we allow them to, cause our joy to grow.

Heartache and disappointment are just fertilizers that cause our JOY to grow! Click To Tweet

You don’t appreciate spring any more than you do right after a long, harsh winter.

Walk it Out:

  1. Wake up with a joyful heart. We must choose joy … again and again and again. Joy is not extreme happiness. Joy is deep satisfaction and contentment in Him regardless of our circumstances.
  2. Offer Him the sacrifice of praise for where He has you today.
  3. Know that as you go about your day, He has kingdom work for you to do. Keep looking for opportunities.
  4. Don’t let Satan minimize the impact you can have even as you change diapers, deliver mail or teach preschool.
  5. Live expectantly! Be sensitive to the kairos moments in your life. God will bring about many opportunities throughout your day to walk in what He has called you to.

There are two words in the Greek for “time” (that I know of):

Chronos = the ticking of a clock. Marking of time in minutes, days, weeks, years, etc. Quantity.

Kairos = when the divine intersects the things of earth. Divine opportunities. Seasons. Quality. The right time to act.

Walking in My Calling,

You’ve been called.

Walk in it!

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