As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. – Ephesians 4:1
It was He who gave
- some to be apostles
- some to be prophets
- some to be evangelists
- and some to be pastors and teachers
to prepare God’s people for works of service,
so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. – Eph 4:11-13
When it’s all said and done, when you kneel before His throne of grace and behold Jesus’ face, what will your answer be to the ultimate question for believers?
Did you live a life worthy of the calling that you received?
Paul thought it vitally important to remind Timothy to:
. . .fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:6-7
Has Father given you a calling as one of His apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, or teachers?
If so, think back to the when, where, how of your beginning.
Then ask yourself where are you now?
Below is part of my story of my beginnings as one of Father’s prophetic intercessors (1 Cor 14:3):
I was standing in the lobby of the church I worked at as a Children’s Ministry Associate on the Sunday after Easter. A mission leader in Asia who knew me as a participant from a mission trip earlier that year, was talking with me.
During that trip Father had given me the directive to intercede over the ministry this mission leader led and over his country. In the months since that trip, both our ministry stateside and their ministry had witnessed great fruit as a direct result of the spiritual strongholds that were broken through intercession before, during, and after that trip.
This man of great wisdom, humility, and maturity, intently looked at me and quietly spoke prophetic words which forever altered my life and ministry:
“God has given you a gift. Tell us when God speaks to you about us.”
From that point forward, I have lived with a vivid daily choice to use or to hide away from a gift that is often misunderstood and guarded against by the body of Christ.
Living a life worthy of the calling you have received is an intentional daily choice.
If you have never put into writing the calling Father has given to you and the fulcrum of it, I encourage you to do so and to review it regularly.
Will Davis Jr., pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship posts his ministry calling on his blog on the anniversary of his call to ministry. As he explains, “I republish it every January 19, if for no other reason than to refresh my sense of calling and passion.”
Are you living a life worthy of the calling you have received?