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The Manner of Your Calling

I heard an interesting quote today. “I don”t want to waste my life, thinking about the afterlife.” The person making this bold statement was definitely giving it as a reason to walk away from his faith; but even though that was the case, I couldn”t help but think that there was still some truth to the statement. Now before you charge me with heresy, hear me out. I believe we are wasting time here if all we do is focus on getting to heaven. By that I mean if we are simply living for heaven and not to actually honor the Creator of heaven and earth, we are missing the point of His calling to us.

This past Sunday my pastor Dr. Sam Matthews shared a message out of Matthew 9 and 10. He began with the familiar last few verses out of chapter 9 where Jesus pointed to the ripe harvest fields and challenged His followers to seek God to send laborers to the harvest. Then he continued to chapter 10:5-8 out of the message Bible.

“Don”t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don”t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.”

I love the way that The Message Bible reads.  It doesn”t matter where you are or where you are going today; look around you, think about those that are close to you. Who do you
know that could use a little grace and love right now? Instead of focusing on just holding on until you get to heaven, who could you affect right next to you by allowing Him to bring heaven to earth through you?

If we are constantly looking elsewhere, we will truly miss the opportunity to sow and reap what is right there in front of us.

He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. (Ecclesiastes 11:4)

It doesn”t matter who you are or how far into the game you think you are. He has called all of us to walk in a manner worthy of His calling for us; He has called us each to display love to one another; He has called us each to work in His vineyard; and yes one day we will be called to heaven; let”s not have wasted our time waiting for it.

I hope you have seen my heart in this, as it was written to myself just as much if not more than it was written to anyone else.

10 Responses to “The Manner of Your Calling”

  1. Angi says:

    Agree!!

  2. Susan Taylor says:

    Thanks to your excellent post, I discovered something that I had misremembered for approximately 30 years. I had attributed the lyrics to “Within Your Reach” to Michael Card. Found out today that Scott Roley sang that song. He must have been WITH Michael when we saw him in concert at Moody back in the 80’s. Anyway, the lyrics to that song emphasize what you are saying about reaching out to people who are within our reach. I like that a lot.

    • Yvette says:

      Wow Phil….. I love it!! We must spread the fruits of the spirit to all while here on this earth. There is much joy in seeing someone else that doesn’t know God…. discover and receive for themselves. Wow…. talking about heaven on earth!

    • philip says:

      Susan, I’ve always been a Michael Card fan. I’m not familiar with Scott Roley. It means a lot that you stopped by to share your thoughts. 🙂

  3. “Live generously” –I read that in the Message years ago and have loved it ever since. Sums things up nicely and has such depth to it. We’re bringing heaven to earth so we’re not waiting on some other day or place, the world is waiting on us–the manifestation of the sons of God! Good stuff, Philip. I’m with you.

    • philip says:

      Thanks Jason, I was so struck by the quote I mentioned. I was thinking you’re right those who are waits c for someday are missing out on the glory for here and now.

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