Have you ever wondered why the Lord would call someone like you to the ministry? Have you wondered why He would call you while you are so young? Have you wondered why He would call you while you are enjoying life the way you want to, and not wanting to slow down for anyone? I have been there at one point or more in my life. Realizing there is a purpose for my life, but not wanting to quite slow down long enough for the Lord to clean me up, and use me for HIS service. I remember when I first acknowledged there was a call on my life, I was excited. That was like the best thing since sliced bread, but overtime I was not so excited because I realized how much I was gonna have to give up in order to live this life. I did what most people do when they are faced with this dilemma…tuck tail and run!
I put on my track shoes and ran as far as I could, and tried to stay away from being noticed as much as possible. Little did I know, is that I can not run from an all seeing God, neither can I run from the gift and calling that was placed in me from the foundation of the world. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Before we are even thought of, God has already appointed us for a particular purpose in the earth. It is up to us if we will accept or deny. Denying will not get us out of the plan God has for our life. 1 Corinthians 9:17 says, “For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.” Either way we see it, we have to humble and submit to the call over our lives.
I am reminded of a movie that was released several years ago about a young man who was called to bring balance, peace, hope, and encouragement to those who were gifted with certain air, water, fire, and earth bending capabilities. The young man new he was called, but he was not ready to give up his life for others, so he did like some us and put on his track shoes and ran. He stayed gone for over a century and his hiatus caused many to be enslaved, impoverished, and fearful.
When God has called us to be an encourager to His people, and a doorway for them to come out of bondage, fear, and poverty, we must be willing to accept that call because if we do not, many will stay enslaved in Satan’s grip. Think about your home boys, or home girls who are living the life God has delivered you from, and just by you making a conscience decision to give up your life for them they can be free as well. The Lord never said it would be easy because we have to suffer some things in this flesh in order for others to be free. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, so we may never have to suffer what HE suffered, but we must be willing to lose some things in order to win others for the sake of the gospel.
In the movie the young man made his way back to the temple where the monks were and there was one monk left. The young man was so happy to see someone left behind that he knew (because everyone was killed during his hiatus) that he was so excited. What he didn’t know is the monk betrayed him because he was forced to live in poverty because of his disappearance, and he turned the young man over to the fire nation. How many of us have friends and loved ones being forced into poverty because we refuse to take off our track shoes, and accept the call on our lives? When we do not walk in our calling, we are betraying the gospel, and those who trust us to show them the way. When we betray those whom God wants us to help walk in liberty, we become enslaved to the traps of the enemy.
In the movie the fire nation was enslaving everyone who were gifted to bend elements. The people were afraid to use their gifts until the one who was called showed up on the scene and gave the people hope to fight back. When you man; when you woman accept your calling you will give people hope and courage to fight against the devil and his works, and begin to take their rightful places in life. When the people fought back, word spread that the chosen one was on the scene. In a nut shell, the young man accepted his role in life, and brought balance to all others who were gifted.
My prayer for you today is that you will take off your track shoes and allow the Lord to perfect the work HE has started in you from the foundation of the world. That you will see the joy in serving the Lord in a way you could never imagine. That you will have a love to see others free. John 15:13 says, ” Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Friend; lay down your life, so someone else can receive eternal life…