"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2Peter 1:10, 11
IN JESUS TODAY!
It's amazing to me that often things are run by a few and only a few get in! And it's amazing how many callings, gifts, and elections are ignored or missed, because of the few that control things. God wants to bless people, but people can't seem to get beyond these few. Jesus said, "But woe unto you scribes and pharasees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men!" Mathew 23:13a It seems it's o.k. to volunteer to be an Usher or a Parking Lot Attendant, a Day Care worker, or a Dishwasher, these are all great, but is that your calling?
There are many positions of helps within the church, and don't get me wrong here, all of these are very important and needed, but let's suppose that we get busy like Martha, but are doing the wrong things, because our true gift that God has called us to do is not recognized, what happens then? Then our gift which is very much needed gets overlooked, and God's desire to bless the Church and others, is resisted or forgotten. For example, suppose God has gifted you with a beautiful voice to bless many people, but because the Church needs someone to do cleanup or visitations you are quickly recruited for the task. What effect does this have? I mean it's great that the dishes are now clean, or that the visitation slot has been filled, but maybe you are not the person that God has intended for this, be careful to not be thrown into positions that someone else thinks that you should do! Listen, now the music is lacking, because your voice is missing, people aren't being blessed like they should, and now there is someone within the Church that has been actually called to do cleanup or visitation, but can't do it, because the position has already been filled. Suddenly the Church is all out of alignment and the wrong people are in the wrong places just trying to make it all work. And the blessings of God are put on hold until things get right! Make sure of your calling! Do not accept a position just because someone says it, do what God has created you to do!