Not Just Any Calling

Hello lovely ladies! I have been studying through Ephesians and I just have to share some great things that have been speaking to me. First I have to say I LOVE Ephesians, I think some days I could read it over and over. It is jam packed full of good juicy nuggets of truth and life applications. Yes, I know the entire bible is packed with good stuff but something about this book just grabs me and pulls me in!

 

Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians while in prison. He had spent 3 years with these people, loving and teaching them about the Lord. Therefore, when he wrote this book he knew who he was writing to.  He knew that this group was ready for some meaty teaching. He knew that after 3 years away from them they would need to be reminded of Gods greatness and need some encouragement to keep living for God. Maybe that’s why I feel that it is written to me! Those are the reminders and encouragement I need!

 

Through much of chapters 3-5, you get these verses that just take you to your knees with how good they are.

Chapter 3:12 tells us “because of Christ and our faith in Him we can now come boldly and confidently into Gods presence.” 

 

If you have been with me long you know those words are my jam! Boldly and confidently, the king of kings is saying come to me with boldness and confidence. OK!…(said in my best Monica from friends voice- you are my soul sister if you read it in her voice!) If He says that than why in the world would I want to be anything less in my daily living?

 

Verse 16, Paul is praying for each believer to be empowered with inner strength from His Spirit. “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into Gods love and keep you strong.” 

 

Uh, did you read that girls, I love this word picture. Christ settling into our hearts, growing our inner strength to live like him. This causes roots made of His love and goodness to grow down deep. These roots keep us strong. Oh, I know you may just need to read that again!

 

Chapter 4 starts out with Paul begging us to lead a life worthy of our calling, for we have been called by God. He quickly tacks on “always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other making allowance for each others faults because of your love.” He closes out these few verses with “For there is one body and one spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.”

 

We are begged to live a life worthy of our calling. I have to pause just in case you’re having an “I don’t know if I have a calling” kind of day. If Paul is begging us to lead a life worthy of your calling, you can bet your best pair of jeggings that we have a calling! Our lives are a direct reflection of the God we love so much, while we all sin and most days we are so far from perfect we don’t know what perfection might look like. We need to choose who our actions reflect, God or ourselves. If they reflect God we will walk in our calling humbly and patiently interacting with those around us.

we have a calling

It seems to be an oxymoron to say be bold and confident in the presence of the Lord yet in our calling dealing with others, we are to be humble and patient. Hmmm, sounds a bit like Jesus if you ask me. He was bold and confident about whose he was, yet loving and gentle when dealing with others. He was bold with the truths he spoke while being gentle in his delivery.

 

I hope you find as much reassurance and hope as I do in that we have been called by God and we don’t just have any calling we have a calling that is to a glorious hope filled future. That is how verse 4 ends, a glorious hope filled future, let that settle over your bones.

 

While there are many days I question my calling – the big picture calling 5 or 10 years down the road, I assume you might have those same questions. What reassurance those words are. We are called, we are called to a glorious hope filled future.

We are called. We are called to a glorious hope filled future.

Sisters I pray this week you will be filled with His boldness and confidence. That you will have reassurance that while we still question, we have the promise of a calling that is glorious and hopeful.

 

I want to make sure you know that next week I plan to have a little giveaway in honor of my birthday!!! I plan to give away a copy of Priscilla Shirer’s “God is Able”. This is my one of my favorite books. Since I bet most of you have read “Fervent” but not this one I want to bless your socks off with her teaching on Ephesians 3:20-21. Spread the word, come back next week and comment on the post to be entered in and hopefully be the one to win!

 

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This weeks featured blogger is Keri of Living In This Season, her post Rest is a must read! “Cherish the beauty of the rest and let the hurry and hustle be a distant memory.” This is how we should be striving to live! 

 

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Comments

  1. I love Paul’s words in Ephesians, and appreciate your spirit of excitement in presenting them here! Thanks for sharing and for being our host!

  2. “We are begged to live a life worthy of our calling. I have to pause just in case you’re having an “I don’t know if I have a calling” kind of day. If Paul is begging us to lead a life worthy of your calling, you can bet your best pair of jeggings that we have a calling!” Thank you for this! I don’t own a pair of jeggings (can’t pull them off…literally, to some extent), and I am struggling to figure out what my calling IS, but I do believe I have one–as we all do. Thank you for the encouragement and motivation!

  3. Ephesians chapters 4 and 5 are well marked passages in my bible. So much speaks to me in these paragraphs. What a great giveaway you are offering. And feature blogger Keri, she is one of our co-hosts on Tuesday Talk and so happy you featured her post. It is a good one! Thanks for the party Winter and such great reminders here in our journey.

  4. Great post, Winter! The book of Ephesians is one of my faves too. Time and time again I can go there and find something that encourages my soul! Blessed to visit and link-up with you tonight. Peace and many blessings to you, Love! 🙂

  5. Great encouragement. I enjoyed your comments on Ephesians. I am currently studying Acts and seeing the work of the Holy Spirit in the early church. These early believers depended on prayer and the Holy Spirit. So must we!

  6. Wow. Needed this today. Sometimes life on the mission field gets overwhelming and lonely. Even though it’s me and my husband, we miss home! I’ve been in Ephesians as well and I love the reassurance I get from knowing that I am walking out my calling!!

    And I totally read that in Monica’s voice! OK!!

  7. Boldness and confidence to share His truth and humility and kindness to share His love are what I ask for daily. This is such a great reminder that we all have a calling.

  8. I so needed to read this this morning. Thank you so much for the encouraging post! Happy Monday to you!

  9. Thank you for sharing these verses from Ephesians. Boldness and Confidence is what we all need when proclaiming the truths of God and coming before His throne. Thank you for the Encouragement.

  10. “He was bold and confident about whose he was, yet loving and gentle when dealing with others. He was bold with the truths he spoke while being gentle in his delivery.” This was so well communicated, Winter. Isn’t it amazing how we can read the same book over and over and over and one day say, “Wow, I never read this before!” or “Oh, I can’t wait to read this part AGAIN!”? Thanks for posting and hosting. I’ve read God is Able-it is SO good!

  11. Great words today! Yes, Paul knew who he was talking to, and what he was talking about! I spend so much time cowering in fear – boldness and confidence are not my strong suit. But, this is what we are called to. And even if we don’t feel like we have a *calling,* He is calling us to follow Him. And to be bold and confident in our steps, knowing that He is leading us.

    GOD BLESS!

    • You are so right Sharon, bold and confident in our steps even when we are shaking a bit in our boots. We gain our confidence by trusting in His leading, which for me can be hard stuff some days!

  12. Thanks for the walk through Ephesians. This verse “Your roots will grow down into Gods love and keep you strong” makes so much sense to me. When the roots of corn plants grow deep, they are more able to withstand drought than if they were shallow-rooted. Also, when roots go deep, they are able to withstand wind storms with out blowing over. Whatever the roots grow down into has an effect on the health of the plant, and therefor the yield. Rich, fertile soil will help produce a big crop. I want to have my roots in God’s love.

    your neighbor at Stillness of Sunday

  13. Wow, Winter! So glad I found you through 3 Word Wednesday. I have to say that I got a few goosebumps when I stumbled onto this: “We are begged to live a life worthy of our calling.” I’m fairly certain I’ve never thought of that before. Being “begged” to live that life. The last two years of my life have been about obedience and stepping away from fear and being confident in what God is calling me to do. So much life change and so much discomfort. But I am ecstatic for the direction He’s leading me…even on the days I feel a little lost and unsure as to which direction to go – I know He’s still with me, calling me to it. Even if I don’t always know what “it” is.

    Your words were timely today. Thank you for posting!

    • I am so very thankful that He spoke to you through my words! That gives me goosebumps! That is so exciting to hear that you are leaving fear and moving with confidence in His calling for you!!

  14. The Lord recently led me to read through Ephesians and it spoke to me right where I was! Thanks for sharing. Words from God like “For there is one body and one spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.” are so uplifting to me.

  15. Isn’t it amazing that we can come in confidence before God? I pray that I will live my life worthy of His calling. I don’t know what I’d do without His saving grace! Happy Birthday too!

  16. Thank you for sharing with us at #JoyHopeLive!

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