And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ . . . – Ephesians 4:11-12 (ESV)
Does your calling consume you?
In your every waking moment, do you know what He has created you for?
Are you daily and hourly walking in your calling?
The weight of your calling can be likened to an airplane — it is indeed weighty in regard to its responsibility.
Luke 12:48 speaks to this tension:
Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
Yet the enabling power Father has so richly bestowed on you is much like how an aircraft is able to take off and fly tens of thousands of feet in the sky.
2 Corinthians 9:8 describes this promise:
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (NIV)
The prophet Jeremiah’s calling consumed him:
“If I say, ‘I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,’ there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.'” – Jeremiah 20:9
The combination of the pressures of our lives, the demands of ministry, and the inevitable discouragement from those who don’t understand, believe in or appreciate our calling, at times can feel like an unbearable weight.
As a prophetic intercessor, the weight of my calling often weighs heavy on my heart and mind. During a particular heavy season of spiritual and personal attack, the weight of my calling seemed unbearable.
I was sitting on the stairs in my deserted place of work. I held out my hands and prayed, “Father this calling is too heavy, please take it back.”
As I prayed, I sensed a weight was lifted from out of my outstretched hands and yet in its place a feeling of a vacuum. After a half hour passed Father spoke, “You have no idea what stood in the balance of eternity with your request.”
And as the weight returned to the palms of my hands Father continued, “Never give your gift back to Me again.”
In the here and now, it often seems easier to lay our calling aside than to continue on in it.
And yet only by daily embracing our calling, only moment by moment letting Father’s calling on our lives consume our waking moments will we be able to say with confidence and passion along with the apostle Paul:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7