II THESSALONIANS 1:11-12: “So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.” NLT
OBSERVATION: What is the calling of God for my life? What am I supposed to be doing for the Lord? These are questions that all Christ-followers sincerely ask themselves. When I committed my life to Jesus Christ these were the first questions I struggled with. Perhaps you are struggling with them too!
I love Paul’s words to the Thessalonians. He does not make it difficult to understand. He simply states,
- “May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”
Our life in Christ is a walk of faith. As we walk in faith we are led by the Spirit of God. When we listen to the Spirit, as we read God’s Word, as we pray, and as we learn to hear the “still small voice” inside of us, He will lead us into the will of God. As the Holy Spirit does this we will discover two things.
There is the Calling of God and the calling of God.
The first is our life’s call. It is what we are created to be and do. It involves our career and so much more. This is what we struggle to know and discover. We many times get stuck looking for the Calling of God that we neglect the calling of God. Let me unpack this statement.
The calling of God is to be Christlike in how we live. This means that we do not need to hear from heaven to do something good. When we have the opportunity to do something good, to bless someone, to share our faith, to offer consolation or encouragement, we are simply to do it. To put it in Paul’s words, we are to do whatever our faith prompts us to do!
I have found in my life that I was not able to discover the Calling of God until I engaged my life in the calling of God. We are not called to climb a mountain and wait until we hear from heaven. We have already heard from heaven. It is called the Word of God. We are called to live out God’s Word, empowered by His grace, and filled with His Spirit! The calling of God begins the minute we place our faith in Jesus Christ.
When I placed my faith in Jesus Christ I was struggling with discovering the Calling of God for my life. I just could not seem to find it, so I just began living out the calling of God in my life. It was in this process that God began to reveal and define His Calling for my life. It was when I was engaged in living for Christ, simply to please Him, that I discovered my life’s direction and call.
I have always used this phrase in business – “It is easier to turn an 18 wheeler when it is moving than when it is standing still.” This is true with a truck and it is true with my life. I discover the next step in my Calling when I become engaged fully in my calling! It is on the pathway of love and obedience, serving others, that God reveals His will in my life. Paul speaks of this process in his epistle to the Romans.
- “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 MSG
A recent book I read spoke of fulfilling God Goals in your life. To keep with the theme of what we have been talking about, and to put it another way, there are God Goals and God goals. One is our life’s call and purpose, the other is simply the expression of our life in Christ. It is taking our “…everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and placing it before God as an offering.” (The Message, Romans 12:1)
Lord, this morning I am seeking the God Goal for my life! Help me to place this search on the altar and engage in fulfilling the God goals that are right in front of me. Help me to follow and fulfill everything my faith and the leading of the Holy Spirit prompts me to do. May I not miss the good that is right before me as I seek the Good that is my life’s call.
In Jesus Name!