We each have a calling in our lives and been given special gifts.
Ephesians 4:11 (AMPC) – And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.
When we find out our gifts are and start pursuing them we are on fire! We want to let everyone know how good God is. We want to make a difference and change the world. But what happens when that flame starts to dim? We try our best yet it seems like nothing is changing, and we can’t even reach one person to Jesus. We start to get discouraged and just go through the motions of performing our “Christianly duties” and forget the calling on our lives. We start questioning our gifts and ask ourselves, Do I make a difference?
Why do we question ourselves?
Maybe it is the rejection from people or the disappointment from lack of support. Maybe it is the fear of moving forward and failing. Suddenly these feeling start to take over our calling and steal the joy and excitement we once had of pursuing our gifts and calling.
Why the change?
There is a deceiver out in the world called the devil.
1 Peter 5:8 (CEB)- Be clearheaded. Keep alert. Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
You see, the devil comes to accuse you and deceive you and make you feel like you don’t make a difference. He prowls around like a lion; the scripture doesn’t say he is a lion. The devil wants you to think he is bigger than what he truly is, which is a defeated foe.
When you realize the devil is trying to distract and deceive from doing what you are called to do. You suck up your feelings, forget the lies of the devil and move forward in your gift and calling.
Philippians 3: 13-14 (AMP) – Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
What’s your calling?
We each have a goal to win and a heavenly prize of the upward calling of Jesus. We each have a high calling of priestly work to do in this life. We are each called to make a difference. We are called to evangelize and tell others of His goodness and what He has done for us.
1 Peter 2:9-10 (MSG)- But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you- from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
You see, God is looking for an army. He is looking for women to rise up, be fearless and pursue the things of God. Its about time we use our authority in Jesus and kick the devil in the butt!
Psalms 68:11 (GW) – The Lord gives instructions. The women who announce the good news are a large army.
God wants us to use our gifts to the upward calling of Jesus. Stop believing the lies of the devil and move forward to heavenly prizes. Now is the time to stand up as an army with other women, realize your calling and to pursue God as a fearless woman of God!
So, let me ask, Do you make a difference?
Father, thank you for the high calling you have placed on my life. Help me focus on you instead of the lies of the devil. Use me as your instrument to tell others of the night-to-day difference you made in my life. I want to rise up in Your army to be the fearless woman you have called me to be. Remind me of your promises when I question, Do I make a difference?