YOU ARE CALLED! YOU ARE CALLED! YOU ARE CALLED! I could ask you to repeat this until it became your mantra, have you click the heels of your ruby red shoes together or tattoo it on your feet and hands and still you would not believe that you are called to do anything, much less called by God with a specific plan in mind designed for you. Instead you believe the things said to you or about you as truth. You believe the comparisons you regularly make about yourself and Ms. America, and you believe that what you have done or cannot do, disqualifies you. But if for a moment you could let God’s Word speak louder than the voices in your head, and if for a moment you would stop trying to convince yourself by repeating empty words or doing crazy things that count for nothing, but instead you tried this.
Yes, right now, try this.
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing…. turn off your phone, not just vibrate or silence it, turn it off. I’ll wait….
Now shut off the TV or radio, Off? Yes, off!
Close your book or magazine.
Now, read the following words “For you are God’s MASTERPIECE, created in Christ Jesus to do good things, which God planned for you a long time ago.”1 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name, He may give it to you.”2 “And you know that God causes everything to work together for your good because you love God and you are called according to His purpose for you.3 For God knew you in advance, and He chose you to become like his daughter, so that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen you, He called you to come to Him. And having called you, He gave you right standing with Himself. And having given you right standing, He gave you His glory.”
Now, go back and put your name in everywhere it says you.
Normally, it would take the average person reading these verses every day for 30 days in a row to even begin to believe it. She or he would need to memorize and quote these verses every time the old way of thinking began to creep in and she would need to run out of the room screaming anytime someone’s words disagreed with God’s. But, I have news for you, you are not the average person, YOU are mighty, YOU have been rescued! YOU are called and set apart. “You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and He has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be His own special treasure.”4 Believe it! One final step, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘who shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”5 And He will. He is calling you, be courageous and answer!
1 Ephesians 2:10
2 John 15:16
3 Romans 8:28-30
4 Deuteronomy 14:2
5 Isaiah 6:8
Five Fold Ministry Survey (This will be our group activity for October)
www.strengthsfinder.com (Look for an in-depth discussion on the topic of Strengthsfinder in November!)
https://vimeo.com/album/1849310/video/34099750 – Episode 1: The Weight of Scriptural Evidence
Women in Ministry Video by Network Leader Don Ross