I was driving home this afternoon and was thinking about the call on our lives. Each and every one of us has a “calling,” something God has placed on us to accomplish here on earth. No one more important than another, but each equally important to God, the Kingdom and the success of our lives.
What I began to think about is the number of people out there that have this “calling,” but think they are not qualified, equipped, or in the right place to be used of God. A lot of this has to do with what people have said to you; specifically about what it is you are supposed to do. Words of insult, condemnation, speaking down to, and sometimes just hateful. So let me encourage you for just a moment and give you something to reflect and meditate on, because “haters are gonna hate,” no matter what you set out to do in life.
I’d like you to think about Paul, the Apostle, for a moment. God had called him to bring freedom to Rome. But on the outside, in the natural – it looked anything but that for him. His orders came from the throne room of God, he’s arrested, publicly flogged five times. For some that might not know what that means – he was whipped like Jesus was (remember the Passion of the Christ?) That happened to Paul – FIVE times! Three times he was beaten with rods. He was stoned one time and left for dead. He was shipwrecked three times. Was thrown in jail, scholars believe, around five to six years. In the natural, this man looked more like an ongoing episode of “Americas Most Wanted,” than the great reformer we know him to be today.
See, we have the outcome of the bible to read and see the historical perspective of Pauls life and his writings. But think about what it must have looked like watching it play out during if you were alive back then. In the church that we all know and love today, who would look at this Paul, described above, and bring him in as a keynote speaker at your next camp meeting? The point I’m trying to make here is – if God called you, you are called and don’t let anybody tell you any different! People will talk about you behind your back saying this and that – and it’s ok! Posts will be written on FaceBook or Twitter trying to discrediting you – and it’s ok! You might even be a main point of someone’s message next week – and it’s ok! Because mans opinion of your calling and task is irrelevant! It only matters what God’s opinion is! And if God be for you, who can be against you? Now, that doesn’t mean you can go off and preach things, not in the bible or living any old way you want – but if you’re seeking His face and seriously living and pursuing Him and the Kingdom – count it all Joy, my friend!
Just remember this, when Jesus was riding in on the donkey, the crowds were saying, “Hail Him, Hail Him!” But three days later, they were screaming, “Nail Him, Nail Him!” So keep going, keep pressing, keep praying, keep believing, keep pursuing, keep forgiving, keep forgiving, keep forgiving (yes, I meant to write that three times) and if you fall – keep getting back up again! You can do this! I’m rooting for you along with all the others waiting on the other side of your obedience to answer the call! Don’t quit! Don’t stop fighting! Don’t give up and watch what God will do with and through your life!
Running the race alongside you,