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Qualifying The Called

What is your calling?  That is a question posed by so many people at various times and in a variety of contexts.  For the longest time I did not know what this meant or what it was to me.  As I’ve shared many times, over the last couple of years, this answer has began to gain clarity.  In a previous post, I shared that I was on a walk while out west and pondering who I was as a man in the eyes of God.  Then He showed up big time and showed me that He was about to take me down a very different path.

For the last couple of years, I have been in school, learning and studying, praying and pondering, and gaining wise counsel from trusted people around me.  Two months ago, we launched a counseling ministry within my church family, which was to be starting point in this new direction.  Over the time in my Masters program, I’ve learned some very cool concepts, techniques, and more around counseling people and counseling from a Biblical worldview.  Now came the time to put it all to work.

This has been a lot of the reason I have not written much the last many months as I prepared for launch and then began the work.  It has been a mentally and spiritually draining period of time in many aspects.  I’ve tried to figure out how to juggle this new work while still maintaining my current work in these early stages.  It’s not been easy to do.

There have been many days where I would wake-up and just wonder if I have anything to offer the people that have come to me for counsel.  I even wondered why God would choose someone like me to do something like this.  Like I’ve said many times, He completely shifted my paradigm and brought me out of my comfort zone in many ways.  Through much prayer, God has revealed that I don’t have anything to offer…He does!  With that, I just think, Whoa!!!  I have thought about that more and more and as these last couple of months have passed by, and although I know it’s very early, He is definitely right on the money.

I remember a quote I heard a few weeks back that said, “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”  Don’t think I had heard that before, but as I ponder what He has done in my life and where is leading me, I think, Yes!  That’s exactly it. Then I start to think about the ragtag bunch that Jesus surrounded himself with.  None of these men were in any way qualified, but Jesus qualified them.  He taught them and equipped them, and then the Holy Spirit moved.

He qualifies the called.  I start to look at others around me that God has used in many different capacities to do His will.  All of our gifts are different, but the unifying link is that God uses all of it for His glory and we’re all a part of one body in Christ.  Answering the call is a great risk, in many capacities.  As I have seen, it pushes people away, who reject it. That’s not easy to contend with.  The beauty of it comes in pressing into Christ and in doing so, He begins to take the reigns and use the gifting that He has given us and perhaps, as in me, it has been hidden due to the road I had taken in my brokenness.

John Eldredge wrote that “An intimate encounter with Jesus is the most transforming experience of human existence. To know him as he is, is to come home.”  This is exactly what happened in my life.  Think of anyone you know that, maybe some of you, that have just been set on fire by your faith as Jesus came in and you decided to follow.  Look at his disciples.  You may think you have nothing to give anyone, but wait until that intimate encounter with Jesus.  Wait until he meets you on that road, like he met me.  You may think your not qualified, and you know what, you’re right.  He is and he will qualify and equip you, if you choose to trust in him and follow.

Have You Discovered Your Spiritual Gifts?

We all have gifts.  Gifts that we are born with and given by God.  The beauty of it all is that each of our gifts is different from the next person.  We have a purpose in glorifying God and He has blessed us with specific gifts that enable us to further do work for His kingdom, to glorify Him, and help lead others to Him.  What’s wild to think about, and I was meditating and praying this morning, is that our gifts are sometimes staring us right in the face over the course of our lives, yet all too often we don’t realize it, or we may but not use those gifts to glorify God.

0dac4b5516447ef0ae7972149c5dddc5Something that I have found in my life is that these gifts we have don’t really come to fruition until we begin to come alive in our faith and truly seek out the Lord in full surrender to Jesus Christ.  When we come into our faith and are filled with the Holy Spirit, God can really begin to bring out those gifts.  Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:6 that “God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.” In verse 7 he continues with “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”  So each of our gifts we are given are meant to help our fellow man and to advance the Kingdom of God.  Paul writes in Ephesians 1:3 regarding the Father that He “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.”  Being in Christ brings us the blessing of the Father including bringing out our gifts.

Here is where my mind went this morning as I read through those verses and then reflected on my life in relation to these verses.  First the idea that God has already blessed us with spiritual gifts is quite something.  So here I am working on professional counseling degree to become a Christian counselor and my writing has continued to take-off.  All of this has happened over the last year as I really began to come alive in my faith and surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus.  It was like a switch went off and the God said it was time to dive into those gifts.

mostimportant-01When I look back on life, they’ve always been there in some way, even before I came to my faith.  Going back to my teenage and early adulthood years, I have often been that person that people could confide in or help with various problems including marriage issues that people close to me had.  I was always a good sounding board and could provide some needed advice.  As far as writing, I have been doing this as long as I could write in some way, although it was not always shared.  I had small books in my elementary school that I wrote, one that won some cool recognition in the 2nd grade.  I wrote lyrics in high school to some degree and as an adult, I have been blogging in some capacity for the last 10-15 years about various things.  I now realize that it’s always been there.  I just didn’t know what to make of it all as life and the world was in the way.

Fast forward to 2015 and into 2016.  My life is transformed and God is beginning to bring out those gifts how.  All of our gifts are different, but we may not get to truly realize them and their potential for the Kingdom without coming into our faith.  It may not even have to do with a profession or assignment we are in.  It could be how we relate to others in a variety of capacities.  Just as Paul wrote though, it is all meant to help one another.  That’s what we have to do as followers of Jesus Christ.

spiritual-gifts-page-image-1So take some time and look at your life.  Have you found or realized the gifts that God has blessed you with.  We are all His image bearers, imago dei.  He has created each one of us as relational beings to live out our lives seeking Him and to help each other seek Him.  Make disciples.  Realizing our gifts and how we can use them to advance the Kingdom and make disciples of Jesus Christ is huge and goes a great deal to bring healing and restoration to more and more people.  This is freely given to everyone through Christ, but we have to be willing to seek it out. Each of you has a gift…Have you found your spiritual gift(s) and are you using them?