{Day 9} I thought I wanted…

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Proverbs 19:21

From the journal . . .

I thought I wanted a dramatic “can’t miss it, this is the rest of your life in ministry, exactly what you should do and how/where you should do it” sort of call to action from the Lord. I thought I wanted Him to set me on the path and send me on my way.

But that’s not how it’s happening (at least this time). That’s not how God is working (at least for now).

That’s not this life.

It’s different than what I expected, yet in many ways, this is so much better.

And even as I continue to adjust and readjust and let go of expectations, I still choose to follow Him.

Yes, it’s sometimes uncomfortable and often unknown.

But it’s trust. it’s relationship. it’s faith practically expressed. it’s moment by moment. it’s everyday.

Called to Worship

Tonight during choir rehearsal, I and my 13 fellow care team leaders shared a devotion with our entire worship ministries team based on a list from Rory Noland’s book, The Heart of the Artist. Entitled The Difference Between Volunteering and Being Called into God’s Service (and specifically addressing worship ministries), the list of 12 points outlines the various distinctions between one who participates with the mindset of a volunteer and one who serves because they are called of God to worship.

One of the many verses that supports this list is 1 Chronicles 15:16:

“David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.”

In the middle of a passage where David is giving commands and instructions regarding how to properly handle the Ark of the Covenant, the very presence of the Lord, he turns his attention to music.

And in the next few verses that follow, we see the appointment of specific individuals who were chosen and called by name to serve the Lord through music.

Leaving no room for a halfhearted approach, they were told to play loudly, to use their talents well, and to raise the sounds of joy, to worship passionately.

Because they weren’t just volunteers stepping up to fill a position due to a need. Rather, they had been individually chosen and appointed to a task, a service, that only they could fulfill.

They were called to worship.

**ps: i’ll be back tomorrow evening with a devo thought from this past week’s Scripture reading (if that makes no sense to you, see this post for further details)**

{Day 31} “He Who Calls You is Faithful…”

As we arrive at the end of this 31 Days to Better Understand our {God Given} Callings, I leave you with this truth:

We’re called to be faithful … to be obedient and to trust.

We’re called to glorify God … to know Him and to make Him known.

But not by our own strength or ability or understanding of our calling.

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”

- 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (ESV – emphasis added)

(for individual links to each post in this 31 Day series, please click here)

{Day 30} Two Prayers

When I began this series 30 days ago, I approached it with a rather long list of questions regarding our {God given} callings. And to be honest, most of those questions remain unanswered.

But as I intentionally searched Scripture and earnestly sought the Lord in order to better understand our {God given} callings, the questions changed, faded, and lost their place of importance.

In place of the questions, I found perspective restored, passion refreshed, and purpose renewed.

And somewhere along the way, as the questions faded, as Christ became the focus, as our highest calling became clear, these two prayers emerged:

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

- Ephesians 1:18-10 (NIV)

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“You gently call me into your presence, guiding me by Your Holy Spirit.
Teach me dear Lord to live all of my life through Your eyes.
I’m captured by Your holy calling.
Set me apart, I know you’re drawing me to yourself.
Lead me, Lord, I pray.

Take me, Mold me, use me, fill me.
I give my life to the Potter’s hand.
Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me.
I give my life to the Potter’s hand.”

- The Potter’s Hand (by Darlene Zschech)