I’m pondering the concept of being “Called.” During the past two weeks the subject of a Calling has come up many times on separate occasions, and one really stuck out. I interviewed the founder of The Calling ministry for the Christian Coffee Talk for Women radio show, Chrysandra Brunson, who answered my question, “what is the coverage of a calling to your ministry?” I’ll paraphrase her answer, “it is walking in obedience to God in whatever it is He calls us to do, even if that means cleaning the curb.” Hmmm… cleaning the curb. Can we actually be called by God to clean the curb? My answer is yes, and if I believe this, I also believe that being called to cleanliness is no less than being called to do anything else.
Entertaining this question I put much into perspective about being called. I find a relevant and actionable answer in “walking in obedience to what the Lord has called us to do.” I don’t think we have to look very hard or far to understand what the Lord has called us to do. As Christians, we are called to be an example of Christ both inside and outside of our homes. Ministry starts in the home. I believe many (especially women) dream of living out glamorous or perhaps opulent callings, often comparing their callings to others, as well as competing, even if they don’t intend to. It’s easy to miss what God calls us to do if we are caught up in a dream that doesn’t come to fruition even after exhausting efforts to make it happen. I never dreamt of doing what I do for God today. It sort of snuck up on me without warning. I’m digressing 😉 What I want to say is, something as simple as cleaning the curb could very well be a calling, and if that’s what God wants me to do, I hope I don’t miss it.
There are so many scriptures that are helpful to understand all of this, below are perhaps some.
…walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ~Ephesians 4:1-3
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” ~John [3:30]
“…Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” ~Acts [10:34]-45
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” ~2 Peter 3:9
“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew [7:14]
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function” ~Romans 12:4
What are some of your learnings and experiences that can add to this thought for the sake of application, teaching and encouragement?