Friday, October 29, 2010
COMPLETE YOUR MISSION
Jesus said, "... many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14). I wonder why He said," few are chosen." I know that God has a special plan for each of us. A possible rendering of the verse might be quoted: "Many are called, but few are willing to birth the call."
How can we know for sure that we have answered the call, and is it better to be chosen than it is to be called?
When you answer the call, you will find that you were also chosen. You were chosen before the foundation of the world.
Finding your niche in the body of Christ is the most important part of life. It puts God on the throne of your life, and with that, everything else will fall into place.
Although all are called to salvation, not all birth that call and thus become born again. Likewise, all who answer the call to salvation, and are born again, do not go on to walk with God in the fullness of their calling. They have entered the kingdom of God and are numbered with the saints but never go on to walk in the authority of that kingdom.
"Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leadeth to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat" (Matthew 7:13). All are called to the narrow road, although, only a few will heed that call and find it. Those who do not heed the call to salvation are on the broad road that leads to hell.
According to Holy Scripture, only a few will find their way to heaven, and even fewer of those few will ever move on in God, after they are saved, to complete their mission inlife. In Matthew 7:14 Jesus said, "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Only a few of the "few there be that find it" are daring enough, and will explore heaven long enough to really walk with God in their calling. They not only enter heaven, they bring something back, much like those who have died and lived to tell about it.
To find your mission in life, you must first find your Creator; the one who designed your mission. Find the one that called you and then completely answer that call. Begin at the beginning. "In the beginning God..." (Genesis 1:1). Man sinned and fell away from God. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). To start from the beginning, "Ye must be born again" by accepting Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior. He will then send His Holy Spirit to instruct, lead, and guide you, back to the glory of God; which is the fullness of why you were created.
God will not leave His people without meaning and purpose; He desires to lead you as the good shepherd.
After you have been birthed into the kingdom of God, you need to venture into that kingdom and birth your call. The call for which you were chosen. 2 Peter 1:10-11 says, "...give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, ye shall never fall. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." An entrance for you means access for you, and with that, you cannot fail, "ye shall never fall." Give diligence to make your calling sure, and be content to blossom where God plants you. "Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called" (1 Corinthians 7:20)
It may take a lifetime, and it may cost you everything, but it is in the realm of reality to fulfill your call. "According to your faith be it unto you" (Matthew 9:29). What God has done for others, He can do for you.
Pastor Tilson Shumate