In my last post I might have mentioned that I can get pretty excited about studying the Bible. That may have been an understatement. I won’t say that I goes as far as giving my fellow students high fives, or engaging in some minor fist-pumping in the middle of a particulary exhilarating passage of Scripture. Then again I won’t say that I don’t…
What I will say is that for as long as I have been a believer, God’s word has ignited passion in my bones. Some days I feel a bit like the prophet Jeremiah who said,
“But if I say, “I will not remember Him
Or speak anymore in His name,”
Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
And I am weary of holding it in,
And I cannot endure it.”
As a young believer I could not get enough of studying the Bible and equally I couldn’t keep quiet about what I was learning. Looking back, I realize that my seemingly inordinate passion for the Word, is acutally a gift of the Spirit of God for the furthering of the gospel to those around me. What an incredible gift!
Second to my passion for the Word would be a desire to encourage, equip and empower women in the use of their own gifting. For this reason, I am compelled to speak to women, write for women, and lead women in God’s Word that they too might use their gifts for the building up of the body. (Ephesians 4:12)
As we look at what it means to walk in our own set-apart callings, it is important to remember a few things.
We, as believers, are each given a Spiritual gift or a combination of gifts. 1 Corinthians 12: 4-10 “Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God is active in everyone and everything. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial: to one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another, the performing of miracles, to another, prophecy, to another, distinguishing between spirits, to another, different kinds of languages, to another, interpretation of languages.”
Our giftings are given by the Spirit, in measures determined by the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:11 “But one and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each one as He wills.” and
Our gifts are neither a reason to be puffed up or to feel insufficient. Romans 12:3-7 “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
Our gifts are for the common good of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”
All this being said, I think we are at a time in our culture where it is most difficult to discern and carry out the work that God call us each to in our lives. We are inundated with requests for our time and resources, the needs of the kingdom are great and we often feel that we can never do enough to meet the demands that are pressing in around us. It seems impossible to clear away the urgent to see the necessary.
I believe that when we begin to get into God’s Word and allow His truth to permeate our souls, we begin to see clearly the tasks He would have us carry out for His kingdom. As we learn to walk in obedience in those tasks, our overall purpose in the body becomes more clear. That is the empowerment we hope to pass along to women who turn to Rejoicing Our Hearts for encouragement and equipping.
How about you, dear sister? Do you have a good sense of God’s call on your life, knowing just where you might use your gifts? Or do you wonder if there is anything you can do anywhere in the body of Christ? We’d love to know your story…feel free to share in our comment section and to encourage others along the way. So glad you stopped by today!
Rejoicing with you,
4 thoughts on “Walking in a Set-Apart Calling”
I took a personality test which indicated I have the personality INFJ and I took a few Spiritual Gift Assessments which led to high scores of Exhortation, Teaching, Shepherding, Faith, Hospitality and Mercy. This confirmed my desire to come alongside others through MOPS, continue my LifeGroup, and my passion to lead mommies through the Bible. Please join me in praying that through studying these tests I may be led in the right direction of what I need to do with my passion and heart for moms!
blessings & giggles!
Jeanie, those are all great tools in helping us discern how God has wired us…when we compare them to the Word of God and listen for affirmation from the believers God places around us we often gain an accurate understanding of our place in the body. Praying with you that God will show you a clear path!
Rejoicing with you! Tina
I used to have a clear understanding of God’s call on my life; but the last three years have left me wondering. So I have a question for you. . . do our spiritual gifts change? Oh, I know they develop as we grow, but if we clearly have one gift, could that gift go away? Stop? Become other things? I’m just wondering if the left turn my life took will lead me back to the same giftings or to new ones.
Donna, that’s a good question! One I’m not sure how to answer… But I can speak from my own experience that I knew early on in my walk with Jesus that I had certain gifts. What I did not have was the encouragement and opportunity to use those gifts for a number of reasons. Our move from one side of the state to the other has provided ample opportunity for me to walk in my gifting. Did that gifting go away when I didn’t have opportunity to employ it? No, but other latent gifts (gifts that I have only in small measure) were able to be of use in the kingdom. I believe I was in a season of personal growth and reflection, until God chose to open doors for me to walk through. I whole-heartedly believe that we encounters seasons where God may say “Wait.” or “Rest.” Perhaps for you this is one of those seasons? Blessings, Tina