Content in Your Calling

Thank You Martin Luther…

CONTENT IN YOUR CALLING
“Brothers, each man (and woman), as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.” 1 Corinthians 7:24

Everyone has a calling in life. Believers serve God when they wholeheartedly take care of their responsibilities. An official who governs well serves God, A mother who cares for her children, a father who goes to work, and a student who studies diligently are all servants of God.

Many overlook this God-pleasing lifestyle because they consider simple, day-to-day work insignificant. They look instead for other things that seem more difficult and appear more “holy”, in the end they become disobedient to God.
Doing what God requires is a sign of superior wisdom God requires that believers work hard at their calling without worrying what anyone else is doing. Yet few people do this. A poet who reflected on what people are like once said, “The farmer would like to be a shopkeeper, and the shopkeeper a farmer.” As the saying goes, “the grass is always greener…”

Few people are satisfied with their lives, the person in the pew wants to be a member of the clergy, the student wishes to be the teacher. the citizen wants to be mayor. Few people are content with their callings. However, there is no other way to serve God except simply living by faith, sticking to your calling, and maintaining a clear conscience.

Faith Alone



Are You Blessed or Lacking?

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man

Who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked

or stand in the way of sinners

or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on His law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields it fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither.

Whatever he does prospers.

 

Lacking is the man

who puts his trust in the words of the wicked

and follows the path of those who don’t trust God

and has made his home with those who make a joke out of living a Godly life.

But his delight is in himself and his desires.

and he thinks about his feelings and circumstances day and night.

He is like a tumble weed in the desert,

which is blown wherever the wind takes him.

His spirit has no joy, no life.

Whatever he does is not his fault and benefits no one but himself.



We Are All Beggars

We are all beggars…

These were the reported last words of Martin Luther.  It is how he defined his life and journey as a monk, reformer and follower of Christ.  This is no more evident than in his first mass he performed as a monk, even then we see how he perceived himself in the presence of the Mighty God. Here is an excerpt from Martin Luther’s biography “Here I Stand” 

The day began with the chiming of the cloister bells and the chanting of the Psalm, “O sing unto the Lord a new song.”  Luther took his place before  the altar and began to recite the introductory portion of the mass until he came to the words, “we offer unto thee, the living,  the true, the eternal God.” He related afterward;  “At these words I was utterly stupefied     and terror stricken. I thought to myself,  ‘With what tongue shall I address such Majesty,  seeing that all men ought to tremble in the presence of of even an earthly prince? Who am I, that I should lift up mine eye or raise my hands to the divine Majesty?  The angels surround him. At his nod the earth trembles.  And shall I, a miserable little pygmy, say ‘I want this , I ask for that’?  For I am dust and ashes and full of sin and I am speaking to the  living, eternal and the true God.*

I get it, so many times I’ve asked, “Are you sure Lord that’s it’s me you want to lead these people in your ways?”  I imagine Jesus and an angel standing at the rail in heaven, they are looking down on me and the angel asks, “So what’s your plan ‘B’?”, Jesus smiles and says, “There is no plan ‘B’, he’s it, he is exactly who I choose to be my heart and hands.”  It is an awesome feeling to know that God has chosen me to minister to his people; his word, his means of grace and his amazing love.  Like Martin Luther, I am overwhelmed and if I had a statement like Luther’s that defined my life and journey it would be; “I am just a man who fell in love with Jesus and kept getting promoted.”  The whole core of my relationship is my love and relationship with God.  Even though I have been trained, have years of experience and have been blessed with the opportunity to disciple and pastor, I still don’t define my self as a “minister”.  I am a follower of Christ and He lets me look like a minister every now and then.  I cherish and take very seriously this task he has allowed me to take on in my life.


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