“Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it”
Or said a different way: “Be faithful to the calling to which you have been called.” Too often, as Christian men, we are guilty of neglecting the ‘great’ that God has directed us to do. This or these items are the things that God spoke to our hearts through the Holy Spirit for us to accomplish for His glory. Yet even when this calling is clear, we allow ourselves to become distracted with the good things that we could be doing, instead of focusing on the great we were called to. These good things, in and of themselves are not necessarily bad or sinful things, but added together they still accomplish the job they were intended to do. Think about it. If God called you to spend your energy and resources on something great for His kingdom, why would He then throw so much good your way to keep you from accomplishing the great He called you to?
In examining my own life, most of the time, the goodthat was placed before me like a carrot on a string were things to accomplish that had little to do with eternal consequences. The great calling He called me to has everything to do with eternity. So, is it possible, in my own life at least, that these good things are not actually placed in front of me by God? Could it be my own flesh…. Or could it actually be Satan deliberately trying to distract me and create such a burden for me that there is no way for me to accomplish God’s great calling in my life?
Now a Godly man must be walking in the power of the Holy Spirit so that he can determine whether the good that has been placed in front of him is an opportunity from God, or a distraction from God. There will be opportunities from God to do good and to be a witness for His glory. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph 2:10).
Our calling from God also does not free us from the other commandments and responsibilities that He has given to us. For instance, we are still required to work, provide for our families, be gentle with our wives, teach our children, to protect them, and to mirror Christ to them. On the other hand, things that cause us to be removed from these expectations God has placed on us, or His calling for us, should be prayed about and properly dealt with. For instance, if my hobby is to restore an antique car (non-eternal), causes me to neglect my God-given responsibilities to wife or kids (eternal), and causes me to put aside or devote less time to the calling to which He called me, then the goodhas crowded out the great and must be removed, even if it is painful.
What is or are the calling(s) to which you have been called by God?
Do you focus your heart and energy on this calling or have you crowded it with other things?
Do things need to change in your mindset or ability to say no or yes to other possibilities?
Challenge: apply what you have learned about your calling, and work to become faithful to that/those callings. (Remember, your primary calling is your personal walk with God, then your wife, then your kids.. Only after these callings by God is what else He has called you to).