Last Friday, I heard something that angered me concerning obedience to God’s calling. I hope you understand if I don’t go into detail, but this is for sure: God has indeed called the Elect to be something different. Each of us has a different path. For each person, this path is different. While one might be full of twists and turns, anther might be filled with steep hills. No one can tell you what that is, so the only way to know is to ask God and trust in Him.
One of the most important aspects of Christian life is prayer. I can not stress the importance of this enough. Ephesians 6:18 reads, “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” If you do not yet know what your calling is, than pray. It is that simple. God hears all of our prayers, weather you think that or not. And you need to continue to pray until your prayers are answered.
When asked about how we are to pray, Jesus responded with what is known as the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13. When we look at it, part of it addresses the topic that I am writing about. It reads in verse 10b, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” When we pray, we need to always understand that what He wills shall come to pass. It’s not my will, yours, or anyone’s. We need to seek God’s will to know what God calls us to do and always understand that if He calls us to something else. Once He calls us, we need to accept it and obey Him.
But how do we know when God answers? I think that could look at it differently with each person. When I was called to ministry, I had a feeling in my heart that I couldn’t ignore, and the feeling is still there. Its just something I know God has called me to do, just like I know I am a Christian and that God is real. This might look different for you. Maybe it’s a job offer, or a passion you’ve had that match your skills and talents that God has given to you, but once you do find your calling, you need to be faithful and obedient to Him, no matter what you think of it.
On the different paths that God has called us to take, both the windy and curvy path and the mountainous paths seem like difficult ones. We are not always going to have it easy. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: being a Christian is not an easy thing to do. It’s clear in the Bible that we may have to do things we don’t want and that we’ll undergo hardships in our life. However, we must stay true to what God has called us to do, and who He wants us to be.
Matthew 4:18-22 (ESV) reads, “While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.” Could you imagine something like this? When God called them, they answered in obedience without hesitation. He called on seemingly ordinary men to leave their jobs, commitments, and family to be His disciples.
However, not everyone was willing to do that. There was once a rich man who asked Jesus how one can have eternal life. After Jesus told the rich man that he should know the commandments, this dialogue occurred in Matthew 19:20-22 (ESV): “The young man said to him, ‘All these I have kept. What do I still lack?’ Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” You must be willing to give up everything for God. I have a very detailed and throughout plan as to what I am going to do with my life. However, I always pray that if God’s plan for me is something else, then He will show me the true path to take.
Once we answer God’s plan and we start to follow the path He has set before us, we must stay true and not wonder off. In Matthew 10:24-29 (ESV), it reads, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
People tend to think of Jesus as nothing but nice. That is not the case. He has come to call His elect and nothing, not even something as important as family, will come between that. So if He calls you to do something, you better answer it. Your love towards God should come first beyond all things if you are a Christian. If something comes between that, than you are not worthy of Him. That is not my words, but Jesus Christ’s.
As I conclude this post, I hope that you see why it is important to answer God’s call and to follow the path that He set before you, regardless of what you think. There is a saying I’ve heard that goes like this: God doesn’t necessarily call the equipped, but He does certainly equipped the called. Remember that and remember His plan. May we all look to His plan well before our own. May we all be faithful and obedient in answering His call. And may we all remain on our true path, no matter what happens.
Soli Deo Gloria.