{ More Jesus } Living your calling / Day 9

 

READ: Romans 12:1-21

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.  Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. {Romans 12:9-13}

When I was only sixteen years old, I felt “called” to be in ministry for the first time. I thought God wanted me to be a Christian counselor. Then, I started to question what kind of counselor I should be?  Would I work with children? Would I help people with addictions? Maybe troubled teens, or marriage and family therapy? There were so many options.

A few years later, I decided I was “called” to be a missionary. Then maybe a speaker and writer. I landed at homemaker, which doesn’t seem like a very glamorous “calling,” does it?

The more I have advanced in life, having my feet wet in several vocations, ministries, and jobs, the more I have learned that “calling” is not limited to a specific vocation or ministry. The root word for “calling” used in scripture actually means “an invitation.” It is not a stamp of approval or a life mandate. It is not what we do for a living but how we live our lives. As believers in Christ, we are actually all called.  All invited to the same thing: To live like Jesus.

It’s easy to get caught up in figuring out the details of what, when, where, and why however in doing so, we can often miss the most important point, the how. If we look at the disciples, we see a variety of vocations, fisherman, tax collector, etc. But they all were given the same invitation from Jesus: “Come, follow me…” Their giftings may have been diverse but their calling was the same.

The same calling is extended to each of us today. In Romans 12, Paul tells us what it looks like when we accept our calling and decide to live it. We stand out to those around us because our love is different, our hope is secure, and we are more concerned with others than ourselves. Imagine how different life would be if we accepted the invitation to…

  • love genuinely and with affection {v. 9, 10}
  • outdo one another in showing honor {v. 10}
  • have zeal and fervor in our service for the Lord {v. 11}
  • rejoice in hope, have patience in trials, and pray without ceasing {v. 12}
  • care for the needs of others and show hospitality {v. 13}
  • bless and not curse those who are against us {v. 14}
  • rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep {v. 15}
  • associate with the lowly and not think too highly of ourselves {v. 16}
  • not repay evil with evil and live at peace with others {v. 17, 18}
  • leave vengeance to God and not take justice into our own hands {v. 19}
  • overcome evil with good {v. 21}.

No matter what work you put your hands to, if you live according to these principles, you will be living out your calling. Your calling is not what you do but how you live in response to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him. You’re invited to join a worldwide movement, to be a light in the darkness, a beacon of hope to those who have none.

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In any workplace, you will find it’s common to be immersed in a culture that is quite contrary to the one Jesus wants to establish. Instead of genuine love, there might be surface-level friendliness. Although there is not much honor, there might be a lot of gossiping and slander. You, dear sister, are called to overcome evil with good. You are invited to love. You are invited to set a higher standard and inspire a new culture. You might work as a secretary, a waitress, a veterinarian, an attorney, or a preschool teacher. Whatever you put your hands to, wherever you go, say, “Yes,” to this calling to follow Him.

 

 

REFLECT:

  • Our calling is not our vocation. How does it feel to know you can live out your calling no matter what your career is?
  • Is there a person in your life who you know needs genuine love and affection? How can you be intentional to love this person—to rejoice with them or weep with them? How can you accept the invitation to be sent to this person this week?
  • Living at peace with others can be especially hard for us girls, it’s easier to join in the gossip. How can we resist this temptation and establish a culture of honor and respect instead of back-biting and slander?

PRAYER:

God, we thank you for calling us. Thank you for the invitation to serve you and live according to your Word. We know your Word is Truth- it brings life and helps us to enjoy our lives to the fullest. The world’s ways are an illusion and they just leave us feeling empty. Finding the right job or gaining success will not lead to fulfillment. Obeying you and following you will. So we ask you to please help us accept your invitation to follow you; please strengthen us in our weakness. We want to show love and honor, and we want to bless, not curse, others. Thank you for the privilege of being called to join you in overcoming evil with good. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

Elizabeth Oschwald
Elizabeth Oschwald
I’m Elizabeth, wife to an industrious, handsome fixer-upper {I mean…he fixes things, not he needs to be fixed} and Mom/Stepmom {a.k.a. Imma} to 6 amazing kids. I homeschool the ones I hatched myself, and we live on our family farm in central Illinois. I love to write about our real-life experiences, how Jesus is in everything, and how God can redeem even the biggest messes in the most beautiful, unexpected (and very Brady) ways. You can read more about my crazy crew at www.AddingJoy.com!

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