STAYING IN YOUR CALLING

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HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called” (1 Corinthians 7:20).

O ye who complain about your calling or fret about the changes and trials of life, how do you know but that these very changes are the divine methods by which God’s purposes of blessing and usefulness concerning you be fulfilled?

Had Aquila not been compelled to leave Rome and break up his home and business, he would probably have Image result for STAYING IN YOUR CALLINGnever met with Paul and been called to the knowledge and service of Christ through this providential meeting.

Had he not been a working man, and pursuing his ordinary avocation he would not have been brought into contact with the apostle.

It was in the line of their calling, their common duties, and the providential changes of their life that God called them. And so He meets us. Do not try hard to run away from it, but, as the apostle has so finely put it, “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he is called, let him therein abide with God.” Make the most of your incidental opportunities.

What we have to understand is our callings were ordained before we knew it and with time it came into operation. Therefore, brethren you have to be subjected to that calling and remain wherein you were called. Many titles and offices within the church are just honour roles. Offices and titles of recognization have forme part of the religious landscape. The bigger problem is those that do not understand the purpose of the titles or offices. For example, there are many Queens without a throne or territory. Still, they are queens in their right but they are subject to remain where they are established.

Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.
Paul again emphasizes the principle of staying in a situation where one became a Christian. The “same calling” is the station where one became a Christian. The believer is to identify his or her God-assigned station in life and live in it.
God calls each believer to bloom where He plants us in a particular and special place. Just like the lilies in the pond and the cactus in the desert. That was God’s plan in the beginning and it is still His plan in these last days.
God assigns each person a place in life. Conversion to Christ need not mean a change in our social setting. Our circumstance is no accident because God sovereignly places us in our situation. God is able to meet us where we are. No matter what the unbeliever decides to do, the believer is to keep to his calling. This may include the adverse circumstance of staying married to a non-Christian. The idea is to be a Christian where you are. That is the best place to share our faith. God can transcend our social setting.

Discontent with one’s situation is the lack of trust in God’s divine design for us. Some want to change their marital status because they are miserable in their marriage. The principle of this passage is that a believer should willingly accept his God-appointed station in life and live that life before the Lord.

The foot is the foot regardless of where a man places it on the body. It is supposed to function according to God’s law and purpose. As man has developed techniques to transplant body parts so the individual can function according to their science, so the church has done a similar thing and we see how women are replacing men in a rapid pace. The positions and titles are alarming and I am saying to us today to get back to the true principles of what Jesus left us. How Paul wrote the letters to the churches was no coincidence, but he was expressing the blueprint of God for this generation. I am saying to us to get back to where you were planted and find your station. Then stay there and let God use you.
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Author: Patriarch Gregg

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