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 never 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.
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.