Worthy of the Call

‘With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.’ [2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NIV]

iStock_000004696356XSmallWhat does it mean to be worthy of our calling? I guess it means we are living it out, rather than sitting around doing nothing. I love that this Scripture says that God does a lot of the work. HE makes us worthy of our calling. HE brings our desires to fruition. HE takes over once we step out in faith to fulfill His purposes in our lives.

On the opposite end of the scale, when we hide away from His purposes for us, we can be likened to the man with the one talent. (See Luke 19). This man hid what he had in the ground, he didn’t even try a little bit. He didn’t step out in faith, even though it meant risking the little he had. As a result, he lost everything.

To be worthy of our calling, all we have to do is step out on the Father’s word and watch Him make our little steps bear fruit.

“He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.'” [Luke 19:26 NIV]

 

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Published in: on 20th May, 2013 at 8:13 pm  Comments (2)  
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Photo-A-Day: A Younger You

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. [Psalm 139:13-18 NIV]

This is one of my favourite passages in the Bible. How could the Almighty God, creator of the universe, care about little old me? Well, I learned a long time ago that He just did. He knew me before I was born. He created me, picked out my character traits and formed me. He knew what I would like and the path I would choose in life. It was all there the day I was conceived.

 If I ever doubted that my life has a purpose, I only need to look at some of my baby photos. I don’t believe that chance has brought me to where I am today – I believe it was innate in me, put there by my Creator with all His love, before I was born. (Yes these are pics of me, and now I am a writer and musician.)

And He treats you with the same intimate concern, too. He has a plan and a purpose for your life. You need never think your life is meaningless. Just open up to Him and hear Him calling you.

Published in: on 9th April, 2012 at 5:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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What if you knew…?

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I would like you to imagine for a moment. Imagine you’ve had a hard life. In fact, all of your acquaintance’s hardships look like a honeymoon compared to your life. Betrayed by your own family. Taken away from your home and everything familiar to you. Treated like a slave. Falsely accused of attempted rape. Thrown in jail for years. Forgotten by friends. I mean, how much worse can it get?

Would you give up on life? Would you despair? Would you harbour bitterness and resentment to all those who have hurt you? Probably.

But, what if all of those terrible things that happened to you, all those unthinkable circumstances, led to an opportunity to save people’s lives – and not just a few – hundreds and thousands of lives. Would it make the suffering worthwhile? If you knew in advance that all would turn out for good, would it make the hardships any easier? I wonder …

That is why I am so inspired by Joseph. That is exactly what happened to him. But, he never gave up. He never lost faith. He kept his integrity and held no grudge. And when he finally reunited with the very brothers who sold him into slavery, he did not have them executed, which by then he had enough power and authority to do. He welcomed them with open arms, forgiving, telling them not to feel bad.

“And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” [Genesis 45:5-8 NIV]

I think from now on, when I go through hardships, I will try to remind myself that God may have something amazing in store, some huge turn of events to bring good out of these circumstances. After all, He did promise to make all things work together for our good. How about you?

Published in: on 17th January, 2012 at 9:24 pm  Comments (2)  
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The Unseen

She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.'” [Genesis 16:13 NIV]

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how insignificant we are when you compare our world with the whole universe, but that God takes interest in us anyway. (See here.) Today I want to show something similar from one person’s perspective. Hagar.

Hagar was a servant. Servants have no high position, get no special attention, they basically do what they’re told, when they’re told, often doing the things that most people wish to avoid. Not an especially fun kind of life.

Now, Hagar was the servant of Sarai, the wife of Abram (before their names were changed). When Sarai remained barren for decades, she took things into her own hands. She gave Hagar to Abram, so she could provide a child for them. I cannot begin to imagine how it must have felt to be used in such a way. There’s food for a whole novel, right there. Hagar fell pregnant and gave birth to a healthy son, which must have been her only joy, for once a baby arrived, Sarai became very jealous and mistreated her.

Sarai abused Hagar to the point that she took her son and ran away. A servant with nothing in the wilderness – she must have been desperate! Used, abused, ignored, undervalued and unseen. I imagine she was despairing – losing hope.

But then, God appeared to her. Yes, God, to a simple servant girl. He promised her an amazing legacy. It turned her life around. That is when she made the statement in the verse above. She, the unseen and un-valued, had been seen and valued by the Creator of the Universe.

And it is the same for you and I. If you feel like you are alone and nobody sees you or values you, remember God is standing by ready to meet with you. He sees the unseen. He loves you and has a purpose for you.

Published in: on 10th January, 2012 at 6:24 am  Comments (2)  
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He Knew Me

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. [Psalm 139:13-18 NIV]

This is one of my favourite passages in the Bible. How could the Almighty God, creator of the universe, care about little old me? Well, I learned a long time ago that He just did. He knew me before I was born. He created me, picked out my character traits and formed me. He knew what I would like and the path I would choose in life. It was all there the day I was conceived.

 

If I ever doubted that my life has a purpose, I only need to look at some of my baby photos. I don’t believe that chance has brought me to where I am today – I believe it was innate in me, put there by my Creator with all His love, before I was born. (Yes these are pics of me, and now I am a writer and musician.)

And He treats you with the same intimate concern, too. He has a plan and a purpose for your life. You need never think your life is meaningless. Just open up to Him and hear Him calling you.

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