Your Calling Is Part of Your Salvation

But God in his grace chose me even before I was born, and called me to serve him. Galatians 1:15a (TEV)

Pastor Rick has been teaching us about the way God calls us into his plans for our lives.

Your calling is a gift from God. He doesn’t call a few select saints to serve him. “[God] first save[s] us and then call[s] us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it”. (2 Timothy 1:9 MSG)

This means ordinary people with children and jobs and mortgages and really, really full calendars — in other words, people just like you and me — are called to be ministers from God.

The Bible teaches that every Christian is:

  • Created for ministry (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Saved for ministry (2 Timothy 1:9)
  • Called into ministry (1 Peter 2:9-10)
  • Gifted for ministry (1 Peter 4:10)
  • Authorized for ministry (Matthew 28:18–20)
  • Commanded to minister (Matthew 20:26–28)
  • Prepared for ministry (Ephesians 4:11–12)
  • Needed for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:27)
  • Accountable for and rewarded according to his or her ministry (Colossians 3:23–24)

You are among “the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you . . .” (1 Peter 2:9 MSG).

Talk about it -

  • God shaped you for ministry. The God of the universe shaped you uniquely to make a contribution in this world and the world to come.
  • God will support you in ministry. There is no way you can fail in your mission unless you fail to accept the calling.
  • God will answer your questions. Ask God how he wants you to contribute. Ask him how he wants to use the way he’s created you to uniquely serve him. Ask God, “What kind of God-legacy do you want me to leave?”

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This devotional © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 


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