Living Out Your Calling Wherever…Whenever

Intercession handsAt times in our lives, we go through several simultaneous transitions in our location, employment, relationships, and ministry. Transitions can have a tumultuous effect on our lives and even our calling.

Early on in my calling as a prophetic intercessor, a friend gave me large praying hands. At the time I was simultaneously working on a church staff and spending 100’s of hours of intercession praying through some significant attacks that were coming against us individually and corporately.

During those years when the attacks were especially fierce, I would put my hands over those praying hands and picture myself joining hands with Jesus, the Ultimate Intercessor (Heb 7:25), in prayer.

When I first received those praying hands, they seemed a little large and unattractive. Yet, they have become an abiding symbol that is one of the first to be unpacked and displayed in our home to remind me of my calling to intercede wherever Father brings us, whenever He brings us there.

In each time and place, the terrain and opportunities may look a little different, but the calling remains the same.

What about you?

What is your anchor point visually and heart-wise that helps you to refocus regardless of how the circumstances and situations around you change?

Some helpful things to keep in mind:

  • Make a covenant with Jesus that you will live out your calling wherever He brings you and whenever He moves you on to another place
  • Keep a journal to remind you of the victories and defeats and how He has faithfully brought you through that you can look back on when you’re starting to lose focus
  • Make one of the first things you do when you move to a new place is to establish an anchor point visually and heart-wise that helps you to keep your focus on living out your calling

Let us not allow a change in our location, employment, relationships, or ministry to douse the flame on our calling. Instead let us fan it into flame wherever Father brings us, whenever He brings us there.

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 2 Tim 1:6

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Embrace Your Calling, Resist Mediocrity [Called Series]

Running UnhinderedAnd 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)

Has God given you a calling to equip the saints for the work of the ministry?

Are you embracing your calling?

Or can the living out of your calling be likened to the definition of mediocre?

mediocre: of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate

In 2 Timothy 1:6 Paul exhorts Timothy, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands . . .”

Are you fanning into flame the gift God has given you in your calling?

I vividly remember a conversation I had with a ministry leader in which he shared, “I just want to live a normal Christian life.”

The statement in itself was completely understandable when you took into account the weight of ministry, the day-to-day pressures and responsibilities, and the energy invested in shepherding, counseling, exhorting, and teaching.

Yet if God has given you an equipping calling; it will be weighty in responsibility and challenging to carry out . . . a “normal Christian life” isn’t an option.

You have the high privilege of equipping believers for the work of the ministry.

Along with that high privilege comes the truth of Lk. 12:48:

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. (NLT)

Seeking to live a “normal Christian life” with less responsibility and challenge will only lead you to a life of mediocrity.

Has God given you much? Has He entrusted you with much?

Then embrace your calling with passion and equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. – 1 Cor 9:24

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For more on Ephesians 4:11-12: What Is Your Gift? by Ray Stedman

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Living a Life Worthy of Your Calling

the ultimate question

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?

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