Thankful for My Calling

by Sony Elise | November 29, 2020 1:28 PM

When asked what they are thankful for, many Christians put salvation at the top of their list. Some say it sincerely while others just know that it is the “correct” thing to say since “I’m thankful for my new large screen TV” would be frowned upon in most Christian circles. Although I know what people mean by “salvation,” it can sound a bit selfish to merely say that one word. I’m sure I have done this myself, so I am not picking on anyone, but I am rethinking. For many, salvation simply means “fire insurance,” and although that is definitely something to be thankful for, I don’t know how many understand that, with salvation, comes a lot of responsibility.

In Genesis 17:1, God tells Abraham, “I am God Almighty; serve me faithfully and live a blameless life” (NLT). He goes on to tell His servant that He will bless his descendants forever because of his faithfulness.

Now, if you read the whole story of Abraham, you will find that he was not blameless in everything he did. He lied a couple of times due to fear when he told people that Sarah was his sister instead of his wife. (He later explained that this was partially true, but the fact is that she was also his wife, and he should have been honest.) He gave in to Sarah when she insisted that he sleep with her handmaid to help fulfill God’s promise. These were not Spirit-led decisions and yet there was a side of Abraham that was quick to do whatever God asked of him, even if it cost the life of his own son. That complete trust and obedience is no doubt why God blessed Abraham to the degree that He did.

When I think about the things that I am thankful for, instead of merely saying “salvation,” I would say that I am grateful for the calling that God has placed on my life. I still don’t think I grasp the full picture of how God desires to use me, but I know He does. And, if you are a true Believer, you have a calling too. This does not always mean being on a stage or ministering to thousands of people. It could be raising your children to know and love the Lord. Maybe He is leading you to start a small Bible study in your home. Possibly it’s having a cheerful attitude when you go to work each day. Or you might be called to be a prayer warrior and an encourager to those who are downtrodden. Everyone’s calling is different, but we all need to pray that we will be faithful and blameless until such time as He calls us Home. It’s true that He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, but it’s also true that we may have to live with the consequences of those sins, and our indiscretions may keep others from ever wanting a relationship with the God that we serve. We do not have the luxury of living any way that we want. We have been bought with a price, and we must now honor our Master and live as He desires us to live.

Second Peter 1:10 tells us to be diligent to make our call and election sure, for if we do these things we will never stumble (NKJV). From now through the end of the year, I would like to challenge each of us to do this. Do not passively assume that you are on your way to Heaven because you asked Jesus into your heart when you were nine years old. Take a good look at your life and examine whether or not your character lines up with God’s Word. We don’t know how much time we have to fulfill our calling on this earth so let’s make each moment count.

And the next time someone asks what you are thankful for, think about what salvation means to you and elaborate on the aspect that makes gratitude well up inside your heart.

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