What Every Christian needs to Know About Their Calling
We as christians, and as people living in this world, face challenges that are sometimes unique to us. Leading a life that God has called to lead, is not a walk in the park. In today's message, Pastor Thomas Idiculla shared about these unique challenges and what each of us needs to know about our calling.
Some of the life challenges we face are:
- Increasing dissatisfaction, confusion and lack of Christian identity.
- More obsessed with self, education, family and work.
- More questions than answers about faith and life.
- Unable to share our problems with anyone.
All of these, are challenges, we have drowned so deep in, that sometimes we stop looking at these as a "challenges". But these affect our faith and our walk with God, adversely. It is important to be strong and grounded in our Christian identity. Our identity and our "Christian" identity, aren't, and shouldn't be two different things. If we view these as two separate identities, we further become obsessed, and confused with the things that pertain to this world, rather than looking unto God, His calling and His ways.
Our lives as God's Children demands a change from our old ways of living (i.e, the world's ways of living). This is tough but necessary. It so important to introspect and change. To do this, it is essential to know, and realize the mistakes that are deeply rooted in our lifestyles.
The most common lifestyle mistakes we make are:
- Considering ourselves to always be right and never wrong.
- Inability to accept criticism without becoming defensive.
- Making decisions on our own.
- Complaining about the weaknesses of the church.
- Seeing others as competition or threats.
Each of us know, which of the above is our lifestyle mistake. These are significantly huge holes that we create in our lives, that cause us to slip and slide from God's calling. It is not wise to live a life that says, "I want Jesus but not the Church." Firstly, to have Jesus in our lives we need to die to ourselves, that would banish the first three lifestyle mistakes. And if we really want Jesus, we also want the Church - Jesus' body. Therefore, Complaining about the weaknesses of the church or Seeing others as competition or threat isn't going to help. We need to acknowledge that each one in the body of christ, is as important as we are. Our responsibility is to uplift and intercede for those who are weak and failing, not to complain. And rejoice with those who are doing well, not to see them as competition or threat.
Remember, "For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ." 1 Corinthians 12:12
"Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
So Lets correct those lifestyle mistakes and instead,
- Say, "let's follow Jesus."
- Work with others to discern the vision and goals God has for the church.
- Invite others to participate in decision making.
- Strengthen the church in its areas of weakness.
- See others as partners and blessings.
Next, it is also critical to know in which stage of Christian Calling we stand, for us to move forward.
Stages of Christian Calling :
- The lost are found
- Found are freed
- Freed are connected
- The connected are commissioned
Therefore remember, Your Calling is empowered by the Holy Trinity,
The lost are found - You are called by God, not by anybody else. You've been chosen and found before creation by the Father.
- Found are freed - You are a servant of God, as portrayed through the life of Jesus. You've been freed by the blood of Jesus, the Son.
- Freed are connected - You are empowered by the Holy Spirit. You're connected in the body of Christ(the Church) through the Holy Spirit.
The connected are commissioned - And Now You are Called to Go and Preach the Gospel.