Our pastor usually doesn't give a three-point sermon, but yesterday he did just that. He walked us through the story of David's mighty men found in I Chronicles 11. If you aren't familiar with the story, I encourage you to click on the link and read it for yourself. To sum it up, David is king. He thinks out loud to himself that he wishes he could have a drink from the well at Bethlehem. He has three mighty men who hear this and take it as a command more than a wish…so they sneak through enemy lines, find the well, get him a cup of water, and sneak back. Essentially they risked their lives for this water. You'll have to read the rest of the story for yourself to see what David does with the water.
But for our purposes today, I want to focus on what our pastor, Mike Glenn, gave as his second point in his sermon yesterday:
LIVE YOUR CALLING, OR DIE TRYING.
This is exactly what these three mighty men did. They literally risked their lives to live out the will of their king. Who is your king? Do you know His will? Do you know His calling on YOUR life?
For some, you know exactly what God has called you to do and you are living it out daily. For others, you know what God has called you to do, but you haven't responded. Still others have no idea what God has called you to do, but you are open to His will. And others aren't really in touch with what God wants for your life at all.
No matter, where you are, you can ask God today to reveal His calling to you and to show you how to practically live it out. At different times in our lives the practical side of living out our calling may look different. However, I would suggest there is never a season where you can't live out the calling God has on your life.
Sure you may make excuses. I do it all the time. I make excuses about my time, how I don't have enough, or I'm too tired when I do have time. But the reality is I have time. I just don't always choose to make God's calling on my life my number one priority. I usually choose my comfort over His will when I finally get a few minutes to myself.
Before I went to church yesterday, God began preparing me for point number two in the sermon. As I fed Janie Lou her breakfast I suggested to her that we ask Jesus what He wanted us to accomplish during our day. (Before you think I'm super mom, know that I don't usually do this.) Stopping long enough to realize that the day isn't mine to fill up, but rather God's, changed my outlook on the day.
I can't say I had a perfect day and accomplished much for the kingdom, but I did have a kingdom mindset. God gave me a new idea about how I can live out His calling during this new season of my life. My heart was open to hear it. I didn't have to go on a spiritual retreat or hide away for the day. I just had to change my mindset. I asked God to show me how I could live out my calling today. And He answered.
Today is a new day. I am asking God again how I can live out His calling on my life TODAY!
Each day I make a “to do” list with my top 3 things I want to accomplish for the day and at the bottom I put extra things I'd like to accomplish if I have time. Normally, I just think of the first three things that come to mind or move items up the list from the “other” section on the previous day. My new mindset includes asking God for wisdom on what to put on my “to do” list. Not just listing things that I want to accomplish, but asking Him for input on what He wants to accomplish.
In short, I have made a new commitment to LIVE MY CALLING OR DIE TRYING.
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What about you?
Where are you in figuring out your calling? Do you know it? Are you living it out daily?
Are you willing to ask God for input on your “to do” list?
What can you practically do today to live out your calling?