Committed to the Call

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the LORD, because you know that your labour in the LORD is not in vain” 1 Corinthians 15:58

Today it seems like there’s always something vying for our attention. Be it our smartphones, social media notifications, or recent developments in the news, there is always something shifting our focus from our conventional family, work, or school responsibilities. It’s as if these lingering reminders are constantly calling out to us, and we choose to respond with unwavering loyalty. And because our world is so fast paced, it’s easy to lose yourself going through the motions of the day-to-day routine without understanding the significance behind our assigned roles and tasks. Unless we know where to draw the line, we are in danger of very easily being committed to tasks that render us active but do not necessarily make us productive.

But what determines productivity? How do you know when labour is or is not in vain? When Paul speaks to the church in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 15, He tells them to stay fixed and focused. This admonition comes after members of the church were entertaining false teachings in opposition to the truth of the gospel. Noting those who had fallen away previously, Paul reminds the Corinthians that the work of the Lord will always be indispensable and productive because it is attached to the end goal- the future resurrection of our earthly bodies. However, in order to get there, believers must be grounded in the Word, must recognize the significance of our earthly labour, and ultimately we must remain committed to the call.

To do so, let’s look at some characteristics of the Call

  1. The call is determined by God. For this reason the call is not subject to external approval or validation. Romans 11:29  tell us that ” … God’s gift and His call are irrevocable.”  As such, you do not need the consent of the majority to proceed with the call. There will likely be times when acknowledging your own shortcomings will cause you to rethink whether you’ve truly been called. Nonetheless, you do not need to debate the call with anyone in an effort to prove legitimacy. The call never changes, even in the face of storms, trials and attacks. So be immovable and when you are tempted to doubt, respond with the certainty of knowing you are God’s choice.

2. The call dictates your time management. Pursuing purpose has to be your priority. Priorities are not determined by what you consider to be of importance, priorities are determined by the way you spend your time. In this way, it is important that you do not limit the call to a singular role, occupation or designation. The call may limit you but do not limit the scope of the call. Do not minimize the longevity of the call either because the call only expires at the end of your life. Given that time is an invaluable resource, set your calendars and schedules wisely because wasted time can never be recovered. Remember with every moment you spend on this earth, time is elapsing, so pace yourself, and let the call, call the shots.

 3. The call requires your commitment. In other words, you got to be all in. Giving yourself fully to anything means there is some exclusivity involved. You cannot be affiliated with everyone or be found everywhere every time. Likewise, since the call spans the life course, it will require you to reject the distractions, subdue the emotions and renounce the hearsay that threatens your productivity level. Keep in mind that not everything that calls merits a response. Because commitment hinges on exclusivity, exclusivity will only allow room for God’s specific inputs to produce God’s desired outputs. So be intentional and be selective with how you expend your energy and with what you choose to give your attention.

 As you continue to plan for 2021, remember that you are not simply going through the year crossing goals off a checklist, but with every moment, you are staying faithful, staying disciplined and you are resolving yourself to stay committed to the call.

Reflection Questions?

What or who have you been loyal to? Where do you need to draw the line and make the cut in 2021?

Are there any commitments or people you need to remove from your life because they are not attached to your call?

Prayer

Father God, I thank You for the call over my life. I’m grateful that this call comes from You.  No man can give it and no man can take it away. Please give me the wisdom to use my time and make the most of every opportunity so that I can fulfil the call. Remove from me anything that is hindering my productivity and causing me to have a divided heart. I trust that You are with me and will provide Your grace, and Your strength. In Jesus name, Amen.

Written by Deborah Nimoh