How do you know?

“Jesus Christ came not to condemn you but to save you, knowing your name,
knowing all about you, knowing your weight right now,
knowing your age, knowing what you do, knowing where you live,
knowing what you ate for supper and what you will eat for breakfast,
where you will sleep tonight, how much your clothing cost,
who your parents were.
He knows you individually as though there were not another person in the entire world.
He died for you as certainly as if you had been the only lost one.
He knows the worst about you and is the One who loves you the most.
If you are out of the fold and away from God, put your name in the words of John 3:16 and say,
“Lord, it is I. I’m the cause and reason why Thou didst on earth come to die.”
That kind of positive, personal faith and a personal Redeemer is what saves you.
If you will just rush in there, you do not have to know all the theology and all the right words.
You can say, “I am the one He came to die for.” Write it down in your heart and say,
“Jesus, this is me—Thee and me,” as though there were no others.
Have that kind of personalized belief in a personal Lord and Savior.”

A.W. Tozer,
And He Dwelt Among Us: Teachings from the Gospel of John


(Rosemary Beach, Fl /Julie Cook /2020)

Yesterday I was musing over the thought of knowing one’s calling.

Knowing that I, you, me, us… were doing what we were meant to be doing.

With the question being…are you, me, we simply going through the motions or are
we feeling that we are where God has always intended us to be?

I am almost 61 years old and I have never ever been certain of my calling.

Over the years, I’ve shared this thought many times before.
I’ve never been good at hearing God’s words…His whispers.

A sledgehammer might be helpful.
Yet He remains the true gentleman.

I became a teacher…but I never felt that that was hands down my “calling”
I became a wife and later a mother…was that my calling?

I’ve been a teacher.
A caregiver.
A wife.
A daughter.
A mother.
A grandmother.

Where has been the peace in knowing that I was indeed doing what God had called me to do?

Yet there is now a swirling maelstrom that is taking us all by storm.

Pandemics, civil unrest, mob rule, racial strife, lawlessness, violence, anti-Christian rhetoric,
persecution…

And so I know, now is the time.

This is the calling.

More concerning this calling tomorrow.

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling
to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness,
with patience, bearing with one another in love,
eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:1-3

11 comments on “How do you know?

  1. bcparkison says:

    .There was a time….Now I’m not sure.

  2. Tricia says:

    I’m not sure we ever really know for sure our calling, but now would certainly be the time to step out in faith. Myself and many others have been asking what is our role in this chaos?

  3. Salvageable says:

    To young people seeking their calling, I suggest three questions: What do you enjoy doing? What do other people tell you that you do well? What do you see that needs to be done in the world? When all three questions lead toward the same answer, that is probably a calling.
    For all of us, though, I think calling has a lot to do with where we are and who is near us. Son or daughter, husband or wife, father or mother, grandfather or grandmother–those are always callings. The work we do for a salary (unless it is immoral or criminal) is a calling, at least for a while. The things we do to make the world better–from voting on election day to feeding the hungry in a soup kitchen–is a calling. All of us are called to faith. Then each of us is called to make that faith visible in loving action–and that loving actions varies from person to person according to abilities, opportunities, and resources. When we do the best we can with what we have for the glory of God, then we know we have answered his calling. J.

    • and that is where I am going with all of this…a calling of the Believers…something that goes beyond our jobs, schooling, etc…
      I’m going deeper in tomorrow’s post.
      This calling tanscends space and time.
      I see the gate narrowing greatly—we are to answer the calrion call.

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    I think you being a mom and teacher is already a calling

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