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A Calling and Obedience

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Grace

Do you have a calling?

We all do.

Do you know whom that calling is from?

Not all do.

A calling on your life is not your choice of career, or a mother’s choice to be a stay at home mother. It is rather a knowing that these things we choose, these tasks we are passionate about, have something more to them.

Something important.

A calling, a personal passion of a particular talent or task, is our mission here on earth with one another and it is from God. I’d apologize to those who would prefer that I be more politically correct, but if you are here and reading you are acutely aware that I am a Bible Reading, Faith Girl in the Kingdom of God.

For this I will not compromise, nor will I apologize.

Our calling is: “A calling is God’s personal, individual invitation to carry out the unique task he has for you.” as defined by Jack Zavada in his article ‘Is God Calling You: How to Know When God is Calling You.’

So what does one do when they know they are called, but that calling is stopped mid-ministry? When our God Given Gift is stopped by say our Pastor or a leader, for an indeterminate amount of time; or say some life change gets in the way delaying or outright stopping this calling from being used?

God did give each of one of us, known or unknown by the individual, gifts and talents, and scripture says “let them…” in one translation and the NIV says “do it…” .

Romans 12:6-8

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

I am in a place where I am not able to utilize my gifts, my calling. Let me correct that, I was not, I have now been afforded the opportunity again to teach, which is just one of my callings!

The other is to write, which I would say to you I am not doing, but I must remind myself that blogging is most definitely writing! 🙂

But it was my leadership role, in my church, that was stopped when our church transitioned to a new pastor, location and name. Not only that, as if that would not be difficult enough on even the most mature of Christians (I am only a 10 year new creation, but mature enough), but the church’s feel or flavor has changed.

Let’s say the Church’s personality changed.

Ok, now what??

Obedience is that NOW WHAT! 

My thoughts were not so New Creation like! I had been obedient for 10 years. I had put in my time to get to the level I was at. I had put in my time!!! Very mature thinking, right! 🙂

Well, like I said, I have been once again afforded the opportunity to teach again, in a home group. My husband and I were asked to host a home group for our newly reformatted church. However, the free reign of the home groups were being reigned in by the new pastor. And while this is not a bad thing, it felt like the personal feel and comfortable-ness of the home groups were being formatted more rigidly.

It was our task to follow the pastors format for the group; we are reading through the Old Testament in a year.

Boring…History…Begats and all…like I said mature!

All that to get here…my I am a long-winded writer!

During today’s reading for our Chapel Street Bible Study (we live on chapel street, aren’t I cute!) tonight one of the required readings was chapter 12, The Call of Abram.

After reading the required chapters I wandered onto Facebook to see who might be hanging about, and there she was my beautiful partner in Christ!  Her and I have been struggling with the many transitions going on in our individual lives. The church’s transition we share. So this morning her status post was a call out to God for ‘just a nugget’, as she does in times such as these. There I was, holding that nugget.

I am always amazed at God’s faithfulness to answer us.

Genesis 12

The Call of Abram

1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

During this God transition of our church, which I believe is an elevation of our, as a church and individually, of our level in Christ and God’s Kingdom. That elevation, however, is contingent upon our diligent obedience.

Abram was told to leave all he knew; so were the congregants of our church.

He was told to leave his people, his country and his father’s household!

Our church was our home, we had to leave and move on; God was moving us on.

We had to let people we loved and were literally and figuratively family move on to where God led them. We had to leave them to their choices. God was doing something new, with each of us!

We had to leave our country. Now this may be a longshot, but God spoke to me that this was the feel or flavor of our church, the personality. Our old church was pure and unadulterated Bible Based Faith.

Our new church is Bible Based Full Gospel, an expansion upon what we had been. Our territory has been expanded! An awesome thing, yet hard to adjust to.

We had to go to a land (Church) that God showed us. For some that meant not going together, but to another church, while others of us were called to remain and build this new vision with our new pastor.

To reach this new level, we had/have to remain obedient. We must not move until we know God is moving us, no matter what. The rub therein is that that move, we perseve, may not happen. It is my belief that being moved out of a church doesn’t happen to all of us, sometimes we are meant to serve for extended periods of time in one place, helping the pastor fulfill the vision. 

Knowing this is simple, like breathing. Doing this is difficult, like the endurance of holding your breath under water. For me anyway, but stand and serve I will!

So here is Miss Patty’s nugget; she is a mighty woman of faith and intercessory prayer, this I believe is her Calling. And God said to Abram, “I will make your name great and you will be a blessing…and all peoples will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2,3.

You see if we are courageous enough to be obedient when everything with in us cries to run to the familiar, He will bless us. It is our obedience to Him, in love, that allows Him to use us the way that He intended.

And He, knowing the end from the beginning, knows that we all will fulfill the calls he has upon our lives.

God has called each one of us to serve, and most of us serve a Pastor or Minister or even a Priest, God’s chosen. And while we, too, are God’s chosen the word does say that none of us can conduct our ministries before first serving under one of God’s anointed leaders. A task in being obedient; even God’s Son, Jesus.

Mark 10:43-45 “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Obedience, to God and His will, that is how one activates their calling. It is true that only you and God know your calling, and no man can remove it, it also remains true that we must serve under another to have that call or ministry. We must do this cheerfully, in front of men and in private with God, and diligently, with a right heart. 

Difficult when one feels as though their entire world is disintegrating around them.

But God…

All things are possible with God.

Blessings Loves  ♥

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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