Archive for the ‘God’s Calling’ Category

Noah Lang

How do you know when God is calling you to be his or to do a particular service or ministry?

“One little boy describes it this way”, our pastor said, “It’s like fishing. You can’t see the fish or hear it, but you feel it tugging on your line.”

God’s call is like that.  When he’s calling, you may not see or hear anything new or different but you feel Him tugging on your heart.

— fritz
Related Post: “What’s My Calling” – June 27, 2010
Related Post: “Itchy” – January 11, 2012

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[Samson’s] father and mother objected. “Isn’t there even one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites you could marry?” they asked. “Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?” But Samson told his father, “Get her for me! She looks good to me.” His father and mother didn’t realize the LORD was at work in this… — Judges 14:3-4

Every parent wants the best for their child — to make right choices, avoid heartache, and have a good life.

Sometimes it just doesn’t happen regardless how much parental love, encouragement, cajoling, even prayer is applied. Sometimes God has something else planned the parents can’t imagine.

Our children are just on loan to us and only for such a short time. We love them, try to help them the best we can, then we pass them on to God and his purposes trusting He knows best and is at work.

— fritz

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Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. — Matthew 13:44

No one finds buried treasure without looking, AND looking in the right place.

The yearning for more in life is God’s gift and finding Christ is God’s answer.

— fritz@langgang.com
See also: “Hidden Treasure” – December 31, 2009
See also: “A Secret Society Anyone Can Join” – March 12, 2010

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“I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go” – Isaiah 6:8-9a

Seeing a need and volunteering is every bit a valid anointing and call from God.

It gives him pleasure when we respond without waiting to be told — being “guided by his eye”1 — responding from a willing heart without need for command.

Don’t we desire the same from others?  My sweet wife seldom asks and would never tell me to get her more cola but sometimes she will say, to no one in particular, “Oh! My glass is empty!” When I or one of the children say, “I’ll get you some!” she feels loved.

Prayer:Father, help me to be so in love with you that I can see what is dear to your heart and volunteer to help. Amen!
Sound Bite: God’s call is valid whether you were “sent” or just “went”!

– fritz@langgang.com
Related Post: Better Guidance – April 21, 2011

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“And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been. Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” – Genesis31-2-3

It’s easy to hear God say what you want to hear – but easy is not always wrong.

Jacob, keeping his father-in-law’s sheep, noticed a strain in their relationship and he longed for home. God often works in these circumstances, like a mother eagle pulling feathers out of her nest so the little chicks become uncomfortable and want to fly.

So how does one know if the time is right for a change?

Two indicators:

  1. If the change requires manipulation of people or systems or a compromise of principles, be cautious. Most things I had to finagle ultimately turned out to be mistakes.
  2. If an opportunity is accompanied by an inner peace and a sense of excitement, God is probably involved.

If your circumstances become difficult, God opens the door, and you have peace about walking through,  take the step and don’t even look back.

– fritz

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“Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house … and thou shalt be a blessing … and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. – Genesis 12:1-2

“Abraham’s Blessing” is more than a promise, it’s a calling. Abraham, and we in Christ, are called to be a blessing.

Abraham was a blessing to Lott by rescuing him.1 Similarly, we rescue friends, loved ones, and co-workers, by being open with how Christ rescued us.2

Even more practical than just that, by following Christ’s principles in our business practices we bless our company and community. Following Christ in our actions at home blesses our families with peace. Following Christ with our actions brings blessings upon our descendants. The aged psalmist wrote,

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” – Psalm 37:25

and in Proverbs we are told,

“the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.” – Proverbs 11:21

As we stand faithful to Christ we become God’s blessing to others – it is our calling.

– fritz

1 – Lot’s capture and rescue is reported in the Bible’s book of Genesis, chapter 12
2 – 1st Peter 3:15 – Always be ready to share your hope

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“Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.” – Psalm 104:23

“Though we may not always understand the circumstances or hardships that we will face, our attitude should be one that says: ‘No matter what I am going through today, this work that I am in is a gift from God'” – Don Meyer1

“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

– fritz

1 – Elim Bible Institute’s Bell Tower, Spring 2009, Finding Satisfaction in Your Work, pg 10

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