I have a calling
Today was the first sermon in our new four-part series: "Awakening Your Purpose." Pastor Eli Nelson starts by sharing what the word "calling" comes from. In the Greek, there are a few words that mean calling:
Klésis – A calling, calling to or a call, invitation. (like the invitation to embrace God’s salvation.)
Klētos – Called, invited (to a banquet), divinely selected and appointed.
Eklektos – Chosen person or elected person (Picked out, chosen by God)
Ekloge – The act of picking out, choosing. (The act of God’s free will by which before the foundation of the world he decreed his blessings to certain persons.)
Ekklesia - A called-out assembly or congregation (Christians are called “chosen" or "elect” of God - the "called out" ones.)
I have a purpose
We are called out not to conform to the world, but to reform the world by being conformed to Christ. You are called for a purpose. God has ordained this moment, this day, this message, for your calling. In a world of cancel culture, God has called you out. Your purpose is more about who you are than it is about what you do. It's about character. Identity. Christ living in and through you. You're not called to simply do something. You're called to be like someone: Jesus.
"For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 1:9 (NLT)
This passage does not talk about your career because God cares more about who you are than what you do. Some people may think that Pastor Eli's calling is to be a preacher, but he is also a husband and a father. The Bible does not tell us about what specific occupation to be, but more about becoming like Jesus Christ through the renewing our minds. We are called first to be holy. We're called first to be transformed. We're called first to know Christ.
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Whether it is going to a certain school, getting a certain job, or going into a relationship, it is about doing it all for the glory of God. There were two brothers in the Bible, James and John, who wanted to do something significant. They wanted to be something great, which is not a bad thing to want to be, but Jesus said to them: "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:43-45).
More importantly than being in a position of importance, Jesus Christ wanted them to have the right heart. In the next chapter in Mark 11, Jesus sends two of His disciples to get a donkey. It very well might have been James and John knowing the context of chapter 10 and the conversation they had just had with Jesus.
"As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 'Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.'" Mark 11:1-2 (NIV)
I think that when Jesus sent James and John to get the donkey, they were probably saying things like, "Jesus where is the important assignment? We are just getting donkey?" But let me tell you the significance of this.
"The size of your assignment does not determine the size or significance of your impact." – Pastor Eli Nelson
You see, bringing Jesus the donkey didn't seem like a significant purpose, but that donkey carried Jesus Christ into His purpose. You will find your purpose when it's no longer about you, but about God's purposes. Your purpose and calling will find you. Stop looking for your purpose thinking you're gonna miss it. Start chasing the One who has it in His hands. Your purpose is awakened when you're obedient to what you know you should do. You'll know what to do when you do what you know.
What are you going to do now?
Maybe your first step is to accept Jesus Christ. To get baptized. To take care of that disobedient part of your life. To read and study the Word of God. To pray. To get involved with church community. To come to prayer. Lead your family with the love of Christ. Maybe forgive someone, settle things. Pursue God with all heart! Start today. God can do more today than you can do in a lifetime!
Your purpose is to live called
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