Run! For the calling of God!
When God calls us, there are two standard reactions: take it or leave it. Since God gave us a calling, why not go for it? But if you think you are personally struggling to accomplish your call, I just want to share with you three characters who ran and persevered when God called them.
The first person is Noah. When God told him that He was going to destroy the corruption and ordered Noah to build the ark, he did it without disbelief. People may come mocking at him, saying he is a fool, but he did not become affected by what people said. He even went to the extent to ask people to change their ways, but to no success. Because he ran for his call, God was pleased with Him.
‘Noah did everything just as God commanded him.’
The second person is Paul. Previously named Saul, he persecuted churches and sent them in disperse. At this point, we may think his end result was going to be a death sentence, from God. But God thought of him as a person whom He could use for His glory. Hence He revealed His power to Saul and inserted a calling in him, not only a calling of an apostle, Saul, now called Paul, became a great leader and ran for his call, even being in chains.
'Bodly and without hindrance, he (Paul) preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.'
The third person is Jesus. When His Father gave Him a call to come down to earth and die for our sins, He bodly ran for it as He saw our faces, one by one getting saved. Try putting yourself in the shoes of Jesus. Can you actually accept a call of suffering? Jesus perservered, and in reward, He got nations being multipiled and reigning forever.
'Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? "Father, save me from this hour?" No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!'
We may face persecutions during fulfillment of calls, but God do not expect us to be in chains or be hung on the cross. He has given us callings which is actually far more simple thn theirs. If you are personally struggling in your calls, look upon them and you will find your calls are actually so simple. If God uses you, thank Him that you can be of usefulness.
Here are just five ways which can make you stronger when running for your call:
1) Always remember when you fulfill this call, God is glorified, not you.
2) Read God's word for strength
3) Hear christian songs! In christian songs, the words are a source of
strength and a tool for your spirit to be in tune with Him.
4) Everytime before you are going to fulfill this call, pray for fears to be taken away, and for boldness. Pray also for no obstructions, because our God is victory!
5) Run! For the calling of God!
'Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.'
1 Corinthians 9:24-27