SIDETRACKED FROM OUR CALLING

sidetracked

1 Corinthians 15:9, 10, For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Every Christian is the called of God and have a calling on their life and not just those that we call the Fivefold Ministry Gifts listed in Ephesians 4:11. There is the initial call to salvation and to sanctification but God also calls us to service. There are multitudes of Christians in the U.S. who at one tine or another perceived the Holy Spirit calling them, urging them, and working in them to serve the Lord in some way that never translated into actul serving. The list of reasons why they were sidetracked from serving is numerous:

Some have run from it like Jonah (Jonah 1:1-3).
Some have allowed their focus to look back or away (Luke 9:57-62).
Some have put it off due to wrong priorities (Luke 14:16-24).
Some have become too entangled with the affairs of this life (2 Tim. 2:4).
Some have left the Father’s house and got caught up in the world (Luke 15:11-24).

I have found that, most of the time, many have just felt inadequate or inferior to measure up to their assignment (1 Cor. 1:26-29). To them I would say that you may look at yourself as to who you are and what you have going for you by your natural birth, training and education, and life’s experiences to conclude you have nothing to offer. I want you to know that that is not all of who you are and what you have. You are somebody by the grace of God. Grace is the great equalizer and great compensator to human inadequacy.

The Apostle Paul had a bad background but said by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost in 1 Corinthians 15:9, 10, “For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” By the deposit of God in you and by the Divine enablement working in you, you are somebody by the grace of God and have value to add to God’s work. Focus on who you are “In Christ,” who you are by grace. We all look better “In Christ.”

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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