Monday, June 4
1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.
One of the most common questions asked by both believers and non-believers alike is, “What am I called to do?” Asking this question is something everyone does, and rightly so. But, confusion sets in when one believes that their calling and career must be the same. In many cases this can be true, but in many it’s not. When someone gets caught up in this kind of thinking they often end up frustrated and sidetracked because their current profession is not something that they particularly enjoy, or see themselves doing for the rest of their life. Your calling is to intentionally impact the Kingdom with the specific gifts God has built in you. Worrying or wondering about whether or not those gifts lead to a career will cause you to operate in them with the wrong motive. If you’ll view your current profession as a method to empower your gifts then your profession will seem much more tolerable and beneficial. Serving cultivates the gifts in your life. Make it a point to those gifts to serve wholeheartedly at home, at work, or at your church and you’ll see your calling come to life.
Tuesday, June 5
The greatest among you shall be your servant.
God builds the ability to be great into the life of every person. In fact, He not only put the potential for greatness in you, He calls you to greatness. The disconnect occurs when pride and carnal thinking are allowed to take control, giving you a false definition of what greatness is. Greatness is not popularity, strength, or even heroism. Greatness is the ability to serve and serve well. This may or may not lead to popularity or status but you must learn to be content with being a great servant whether or not you receive any recognition for it. Mowing your neighbors yard when they’re in need of help may not seem ‘great’ to most, but to that neighbor it was truly an act of greatness. Allowing the Lord to love the unlovable through you may not be the popular trend right now but in the eyes of those to whom you show the love of the Father, you’ll be great. It’s up to you to take up the calling for greatness that He has placed upon your life, whether leads you to the famous or to the slums…choose to serve well.
Wednesday, June 6
Do not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Have you ever noticed that many believers tend to treat the life God has given them as a solo mission for the Kingdom? When you speak to them it is hard to miss. Expressions such as, “My life”, “My Giftings”, “My Ministry”, etc. are frequently heard coming out of their mouths. In fact, just the opposite is true. Your life, giftings and ministry are meant to be beneficial to and dependent upon the life, giftings, and ministries of the rest of the Body Christ. When someone is in prison, solitary confinement is considered punishment. But for some reason, in the Church, it’s considered the norm. God never intended for you do this life thing by yourself. He caused your life to intersect with the lives of others for a reason. Even Jesus, who operated in the Spirit without measure, chose to do life with anyone who was willing. Growing spiritually means growing relationally with God and others. Don’t willingly put yourself in solitary confinement. Choose to live life enjoying the fellowship and camaraderie of other believers. You will get a better picture of who God is by experiencing Him through the life and eyes of those who He places in your path.
Thursday, June 7
38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you’ve ever spent more than 2 minutes in the checkout line of any grocery store (and everyone has), your eye has been caught by the many different tabloid magazines displayed there. While any reasonable person would never believe that a man in New Zealand gave birth, or that Elvis was spotted on Mars, many Christians form their beliefs based upon religion rather than a genuine relationship with God. Tabloids take a small element of truth and over exaggerate and twist it to the point hilarity. Sadly, religion has done the same thing with what the Word of God says about who you are in Him. Hopefully, you would never let what a tabloid says influence the daily decisions or opinions you make because their not based upon the truth. You should have the same mindset when it comes to allowing religion to form the beliefs and opinions you have about your Father. Why would want to bypass the privilege of having a working relationship with the Kings of kings and settle for the bondage of religion? Understanding who you are will not come by being a tabloid Christian. It will only come from receiving the truth that comes from a relationship with the Truth.
Friday, June 8
He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
Roy Lessin once said, “Just think, you’re here not by chance, but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else- you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation.” Even though many believers would tell you that they believe in the purpose and sovereignty of God, they live there lives like they’re His only mistake. They act like He doesn’t care, has forgotten about them, or like they are some kind of cruel experiment. Understand this, if you’re breathing right now, you have purpose. If your heart is beating there is a reason why. If there is enough mental capacity in you to read this devotional then He has given you the mind of Christ. There is nothing He can’t accomplish through you when you determine to take the life He’s given you and commit it to Him. Don’t allow the lies of the enemy and others to define you any longer. He’s given you grace and purpose to bring the Kingdom into manifestation here on the Earth.
Saturday, June 9
Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
God takes you personally! He is your Daddy and He takes personal responsibility for your well being. If He didn’t then why would He have given His Son to die in your place. He loves you as much as He loves Himself; so much so that He sees you as and Jesus as one according to Ephesians 1:3. You are the one He longs to spend time with. The one He wants to share His thoughts and blessings with. He has given you the gift of eternity with Him. Insecurity and lack of self worth have no place in the life of a child of God because the only one who’s opinion of you really matters is His. Fear of the future and weak faith will subside when you get a look at yourself through His eyes. He has nothing but the very best in store for you and He takes great pride in you. He knows that when you look good He does as well. Nothing gives Him greater joy than to know that you’re securely in His arms. When you have thoughts of doubt and fear trying infiltrate your mind all you have to do is think how much He loves you. You aren’t just another pretty face to your Father, you’re the apple of His eye and He has a special place for you in His Kingdom.
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