Chosen and Called

If you know that God has called you to a specific ministry, you must operate in it as though it is already thriving. If your ministry platform is a blog, then be consistent and no matter who may or may not be reading it, keep blogging. It is an exercise of faith to the next place God will lead you. Keep spreading your blog, no matter what. If you know God has called you to minister to the homeless, then go where the homeless are. All they really need is love and all that comes with the Love of God, such as grace, acceptance, food, kindness, encouragement and so on. If you believe God has called you and blessed you with wealth, don’t waste it. James 4:17 (ESV) “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” Take the opportunity to sow seeds that reap growth in other people’s lives. Hebrews 13:5 (ESV) says, “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.” When you give, this will test your heart. You will know how tightly you hold on to your money and possessions. It’s not your place to judge the position or need of others. It’s your place to bless through your obedience to the Lord. Whatever you have been given, it’s for the purpose of sharing, loving, and blessing others. Hebrews 13:16 (ESV) says, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

God, who is the giver of all gifts, and all blessings, will see that you are blessed back because his Word does not lie. It is written in Luke 6:38 (ESV) “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” We have all been chosen and called to serve. Serving one another is “giving to one another”, in many different ways. Suffering in lack, and holding back, only leads to poverty, striving, and wanting for what we can’t have. Proverbs 11:24 (ESV) says, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.”

There is never any risk when you give in the name of the Lord. He is the one who possesses all that you need. The cycle of giving between you and the Lord, as well as among those you bless and those who bless you back will continue like a well that does not dry. This is because “giving” is a part of the nature of God. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he GAVE his ONLY begotten son that whosever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” The Father didn’t have another son, he didn’t have another backup plan. He had only one plan and that was to give up or sacrifice the ONLY son he had. The Father gave the greatest sacrifice. His son is the best gift he had to give. His sacrifice brings life, and we are his treasure.

The bottom line is that giving brings life. Proverbs 11:25 (ESV) “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”  You cannot be called to ministry and not operate in the full understanding of what it means to give or serve others. Perhaps you don’t think that God has called you to ministry? The truth is that we have all been called to be ministers to one another. Be a blessing to someone today.

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by Laurie Marks Vincent. – copyright, The Little Book of Abundance. You are welcome to share this on social networks, however, please do not copy without the expressed written permission of the author.

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