And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: "You are my Son, Today I have begotten You." - Hebrews 5:4-5 NKJV
I've probably mentioned in the last week or two that I've been absorbed lately in a writing project, hence my somewhat sparce postings lately. I also spoke yesterday at a Stonecroft Christian women's group in Sabetha, Kansas. As I ponder my past few weeks alongside of the above passage, I can see the importance of receiving a calling rather than achieving a calling. Let me explain.
In the passage above, the author discusses the qualifications for priesthood within the framework of the Jewish faith. Priests back then were called into service by God because it was God who ordained, or "called", Aaron's family line to be priests. Even Jesus, our eternal High Priest, did not create His calling.
If Jesus didn't ask for His calling, why should we? Following are three reasons why I believe we need to receive rather than achieve...
- God's calling requires a price. - Fulfilling God's call on our lives is hard work and can be discouraging at times. In addition, when we are executing God's plans, we subject ourselves to the wiles of the one, Satan, who wants to thwart God's plans.
- God's calling requires timing. - God will allow us to do His work when we become who He needs us to be to do that work. Then, and only then, will He provide us the resources to get the job done. We need to wait on God's timing. He will exalt us when He knows we are ready.
- God's calling requires God. - Pride has no place in the work of the Lord. Otherwise, how could the work be God's? We'd be taking credit for it. Additionally, God's plans for us are often bigger than we can imagine. God-size callings have to include God in the planning mix.
So, have I been "called" to speak for God, either in the written or spoken word? Perhaps. It requires a price but I'm willing to pay it. I definitely need God in it because I've never really considered myself a speaker. But somehow, people are uplifted and encouraged by what I present. Therefore I will keep pressing on and waiting for what God chooses to do with me next. How about you? What are you sensing is God's call on your life? I know He's got something for you. Just receive it and let the fun begin!
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.