This Month's Feature Article
How to Develop Your Calling
Part Two - March 2013
My son Stephen was about 10 years old when he had an experience that taught us both an important lesson.He came in from recess with tears in his eyes, and blood gushing from his knee. He had been playing football with a bunch of kids, slid on his knees on the ice and ended up on a gravel road. The result was a mashed up right knee with a jagged wound about 5 inches in diameter.
He saw the school nurse who thought he should go home, so they called me to come and pick him up.
When I saw his knee I quickly determined that a trip to the emergency room was necessary - so off we went to the hospital.
It wasn't long before Steve was laying on a bed and a nurse was preparing his knee for stitches. She took a small scrub brush with some foamy green stuff and began to scrub right on the wound.
Steve's eyes were pleading with me as if to say "Why are you letting her do this to me?"
Of course, it wasn't fun for me either but I knew that if the wound wasn't cleaned out it wouldn't heal properly and infection would set in.
That is how the Lord looks at us when we come to Him with all the "stuff" in our lives. He has great love and concern for the condition we are in.
Someone said - God loves us just the way we are, but He loves us
too much to let us stay that way!
As the potter and re-maker of our lives, God begins to shape us and mold us into a vessel that is useable for His service.
He begins to work in our lives, picking out the pieces of "stuff" that would hinder the beauty of the finished vessel. The "things" that would cause infection, and the situations that need to be changed.
This is the 3rd step of Developing Your Calling. The stage where we are squeezed and pressed together. This is also the place where MANY lose out. It's just not fun to be molded and have the rough edges rubbed off!
Can you recall the insights you have learned from scripture? What have you learned about conflicts in relationships? How has God healed you, changed you? What about health issues you have faced?
What has God done to rub off the rough edges in your life? (Yes - write it down!)
The truth is that those rough edges don't come off easily. So - are you willing to let God work on you? If so, take a deep breath and let's get started
There are four stages to developing your calling.
Stage One - Your Salvation - A Ministry Seed is Planted
When you become a Christian there is planted in your spirit a desire to serve the Lord. Because of my gratefulness to God - I just wanted to serve Him the rest of my life. "What can I do for you Lord?"
Stage Two - Your Call - A Ministry is Birthed
As you grow in your walk with Christ, you are given opportunities to serve. As you accept these opportunities you begin to sense an anointing on your life. The desire grows in you as you sense God's call on your life!
Stage Three - Your Preparation -
Your Ministry is Tested.
Stage Four - Your Function - Your
Ministry Matures into a Tree Bearing Fruit.
Would anyone suffer spiritually if you were to die today?
That's our goal - a mature ministry! To get there we have to pass a number of tests. Check these out and see if you've taken any of these. How far along are you?
God will take your tests and give you a testimony!
He will take your mess and give you a message!
Here are 10 Spiritual Tests We Must Pass!
1. Test of Time - Why not
2. Test of Scripture
Psalm 119:130 "The entrance of thy Word gives light."
3. Test of Character
Proverbs 5:21 "The ways of a man are before the Lord."
Sin deadens our
ability to respond to God.
1 Peter 4:10 "Minister the gift one to another ..."
5. Faithfulness Test
6. Wilderness Test
7. Misunderstanding Test
Proverbs 24:19, 20 "Fret not thyself of evil doers... Guard your heart against bitterness."
If we were never hurt we would never understand the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
8. Suffering Test
Suffering motivates us to search God's Word for answers.
Psalm 119:71 "It is good to be afflicted so I can learn thy statues."
9. Discipline Test
2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
10. Motives Test
Proverbs 16:2 "The Lord weighs the motives of our heart".
Proverbs 18:16 "Your gift will make room for you."
Remember: God delights in using ordinary people to exhibit His supernatural power.
Will you pray along with me?
Dear Lord Jesus,
I've begun my journey with You and am so grateful for Your watchful care over my life.
I thank you for the work you've already done in my life. Thank you for loving me enough to die on the cross for my sins, and thank you for forgiving me completely.
Right now I dedicate myself to Your purposes and will for my life.
I ask you to help me continue the process of developing the calling that you have placed on my life. I desire to become all that You have planned for me to be.
I open my heart to you Lord Jesus. Please help me to hear Your voice and respond to Your call. Thank you, Amen.
"Father, I agree with each one who is praying with me right now. I know you have a divine calling on each one of our lives - and Lord I agree that you will indeed complete the work you have begun in their lives.
Increase their confidence, and give them the steps to take to fulfill that significant place of service that you have for them.
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At Mohr Ministries we have a vision! To touch women and men for Jesus Christ. Our desire is that you find and fulfill the exciting plan He has for your life.
Developing your gifts and finding a place of service will be the most exciting discovery of your life!
Don't give up - God is not finished with you yet!
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I have in my hands two boxes
Which God gave me to hold.
He said, "Put all your sorrows in the black box,
And all your joys in the
I heeded His words, and in the two boxes
Both my joys and sorrows I
But though the gold became heavier each day
The black was as light as
With curiosity, I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why,
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole
Which my sorrows had fallen out
I showed the hole to God, and mused,
"I wonder where my sorrows could
He smiled a gentle smile and said,
"My child, they're all here with
I asked, "God, why He gave me the boxes,
Why the gold, and the black with
"My child, the gold is for
you to count your blessings,
The black is for you to let go."
1 Peter 5:7