Competition or a calling??? (Part III)
Last time we met we were discussing what would happen if we continued to compete not adhering to God’s message for our lives.
Ephesians 1:3-6 says, ‘All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.’
The answer??? Plain as day…
If we are too busy competing, we will miss the boat of opportunity. The boat will have passed us by before we truly realize what God had wanted to bless us with. The talents that were right in front of us will be no longer, because we will have laid them aside thinking that what someone else has is better. You know that motto, ‘the grass is greener on the other side?’ Is it or is it about the instant gratification and wanting the results now or for self-serving purposes???
My friends you cannot serve one master and then the other! Good luck with that, if you think this is the case, idolatry leads to nothing more than poverty and chasing fantasies and foolish dreams! If we are serving only ourselves, there is no purpose than that other than vanity and empty promises, broken dreams. Who wants to live a life of longing and no fulfillment??? Certainly not myself and I believe it’s safe to say most of us would rather not! If we serve God and what He I asking of us, sacrificing, giving to others, living a life that is meek and humble, being willing to share with others and uplift them, there is purpose to that. When you self-giving, God blesses that exponentially and blesses generation after generation. Wouldn’t you like to inherit ALL of God’s promises for your life?
2 Peter 1:3-4 says, ‘By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.’
God is not asking us to live like the Jones’, keeping up with what the world’s ways call the ‘best’. The ways of the world lead to lust, dissatisfaction, insecurity, lack of confidence, poor body image and sense of self, lack of measuring up, failure, state of being despondent, etc. You were not called to lack and mediocrity. You were called to live a life for Him. His ways are patient, loving, kind, meek, humble, tender, and self-giving. In His ways come peace and contentment. You were not called to do what everyone else is doing! You are called to be ‘yourself’. Let others be created to be them and you make the commitment to be you! God ha a unique purpose for your life. If He didn’t want to purpose you for His purpose, He would have blessed the calling on your life and given it to someone else, but he CHOSE you! Choosing you means that His greatest calling for your life is that you faithfully utilize what you have been given and apply it to what you personally have been called and commissioned to do, by Him, your heavenly Father.
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Until next time…