That still small voice. The one you hear calling to you. The one you have heard calling and telling you to step out. Maybe even step out in a big way? That's the voice I want to talk to you about today. Because your calling isn't just a voice you hear whispers of. It's something created for you and in you.
I have been a part of the "Worthy of the Calling" free online bible study of Ephesians by Sarah Koontz, so keep reading as I share with you my biggest takeaway from this study (though there were many) about being called.
When I was a little girl, I loved to sing in my bedroom. I would stand on my bed and sing into an imaginary microphone, in front of an imaginary crowd. Sometimes, I would put on play clothes-dresses and old shoes that had been my mother's-and I would perform for my family. When I put on those performances, my heart beat faster, my not-so-amazing dance moves were more pronounced and intentional. My voice was more fervent. Now, I can assure you, that these performances did not stun my family into thinking I was the next singing sensation. But... they sure did outshine the performances I did in my room all alone.
Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
I have read that verse numerous times. But, while studying Ephesians through the Worthy of the Calling study, my eyes were opened to something new in that verse.
My calling is not singing. Perhaps yours is. Or it may be something else. If your unsure of whether or not you have a calling, READ EPHESIANS. You have one. God says so. We are chosen and we are called.
Not only are we chosen and called, but we have all been given gifts. Those talents and skills are knitted into us from the beginning. And while we may use those talents for our own desires, or we may use them for wordly works before we have a relationship with the Lord, or perhaps we may hardly use them at all....those talents were still given to us. Those skills are present. Just like me singing alone in my room.
But....Ephesians 2:10 says we are God's handiwork, created IN Christ Jesus. When we are saved through Grace, when we are alive with Christ, when the Holy Spirit indwells in us? We are no longer that little girl singing alone in her room. Like those fancy clothes, with are clothed with a spirit of power and have access to spiritual gifts we never had before. And so now, when we do the good work we are called to do, we are like that little girl singing in front of her family. Created now in Christ Jesus, we are more intentional, more passionate, there is a light that shines far greater, and we see fruit and "handiwork" that could never be done on our own.
So stand tall in your calling. Because you are worthy. You are ALIVE and CREATED in Christ through Grace. You were chosen for this good work and purpose, with the power of the Holy Spirit. Go out and start singing like it.
I could write another whole blog post telling you why you are worthy....but instead of me telling you, let God tell you. The Worthy of the Calling Ephesians study can help bring those affirmations and promises straight to your heart.
Don't just wear your calling, be rooted in your worthiness of it as well.
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