Many years ago, I would drive by a church with this on the sign out in front which read:
“God doesn’t call the Qualified, He Qualifies the Called.”
I thought it catchy. It was cute. And I wondered, will God ever Call?
My husband and I would pray each day, God show us where you would want us to go, what would you have for us to do? How could we serve your people? For years, even when Ken was out of town on a construction crew, we’d pray on the phone, when he was home, we’d hold hands together and pray, “God, use us.”
And I would think of this sign at times, “God doesn’t call the Qualified, He Qualifies the Called.” How would He call us…it would be easiest if He would use a phone like people or maybe an email…but how would we know when God finally Called us. We always believed He would Call, but how would we know?
Everyone has a “Calling” on their life…all you will need to do is listen then act on it!
Let me explain why I boldly say this.
First, let me ask if you are believer of Christ’s resurrection power? If so, maybe the word I so easily use…Calling…makes sense, if not, let me give you a synonym for the word…Purpose…everyone has a purpose. Do you know what your purpose is in this life? Solomon wrote it in the last chapter of Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Fear God and obey His commands.” And in Jesus’ own words in Matthew 22:37 -40, He sums up all the commandments into these two, which tells us to to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and love our neighbor as ourselves. This, then, is your purpose or your “Calling!” You are to love God with everything you have in you then you are to love others as you do yourself.
Second, how will you act on it? Again, we look to Jesus’ own words to understand. Matthew 28:19 & 20 tells us exactly how to get it done…Go, Make Disciples, Baptize, and Teach the disciples. It’s written again in Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
Everyone has a purpose, a calling, on their life. It sums up easily: love God, love others and act on this love.
Every person has the same “Calling.” We are to love God, love others and Act on this Love. The difference is how it will look in each of our lives.
For Ken and I, we became missionary carpenters, living in an RV, with no place to call home but where we park each night.
When the Call came, both Ken and I heard it at the same time…I hear this is unusual for a couple, but we both knew it was God speaking. And though we heard it at the same time, we didn’t let the other know. Sometimes when God speaks, He does it very lovingly, like a healing balm to the soul, like a gift wrapped in the prettiest package, the type you want to savor before taking off the bow to see what is inside. This was the type of lovely gift of “Calling” Ken and I both received on the same day. Neither one of us wanted to share it.
When we did finally share the Calling, it was the strangest thing…called to what? Missionary carpenters to the what? Cowboy Churches…You really mean there is more than one of these?
You see, we were visiting a friend in Texas and was at the church he had chosen to attend. A Cowboy Church meeting at an old horse track. Half the floor was dirt, the bathrooms were functional at best. The people were wonderful and genuine but also wore cowboy hats and knives. Belt buckles were huge and there were more trucks with trailers in the parking lot than cars. The preaching? Christ centered and God inspired. We loved it.
Yet neither of us had any idea there was more than one of these churches around.
you love to do!
Cowboys, ranchers and farmers have been growing things since the beginning of time. Builders have been building. Singers and musicians have been worshiping God and cooks have been cooking up meals for all of them. So when God says to you, I want to use you in a job you already love, don’t be surprised.
In the past few years, we’ve learned much more about cowboy churches…there are plenty of them. We’ve learned a little about rodeo, team roping, cast iron cooking, rattlesnakes and blue bonnets also. Yet what we’ve learned most about is God Himself and by far, we have learned the the most lessons about God and His love.
- God is Faithful. He does qualify the Called, in many different ways for many different situations. He will always be faithful.
- God does not ask us to do anything too difficult, though at times, we may think it is. We always see His strength gently helping us, guiding us, through His people and His word.
- God does not ask us to be anyone but ourselves. He doesn’t demand we change anything in us.
- His love is not based on what we do for Him. His love in unconditional. There is nothing at any cowboy church we could do for Him that would be enough to pay the price of our salvation. He loves us because He is love. His character knows no other way.
- People are people the same everywhere. Sure some may be tougher than others, some may be able to shoot a gun or ride a horse around barrels even, yet people are people. All are sinners, all need Christ’s washing, and all are loved by God.
- When God Calls you to a job, He will give you the skills necessary to get it done.
- God does not look at the outside, He looks at the heart.
- If there is a need to fulfill your Calling, God will provide it. We have never lacked anything for serving in the capacity He has Called us to.
- Being “CALLED by GOD” doesn’t make us special. It just gives us an opportunity to serve God and His people in a capacity we hadn’t known existed before.
- We’ve failed and done things wrong, yet He never fails. His forgiveness is real and genuine.
- We will be discouraged at times, He is our Comfort and Strength, our greatest Encourager.
- We learned to Fear God and then there is no reason to fear the world.
- Living out our purpose, our calling, brings much joy, contentment and peace in our lives.
- Patience is necessary. Relying on God for every move isn’t always easy. We are naturally “take charge” type of people and we are learning, daily, to wait on God. He knows what we need and what is best for us.
Will you be willing and ready when you do receive the “Call?”
Now let me ask you a few questions. Where is your heart? Are you willing to ask God for a “calling” on your life? Are you willing to go wherever, whenever and however He chooses to send you? Are you seeking God’s will for your life? Have you prepared to answer Him by being studied in His Word? Have you immersed yourself in prayer? Do you have prayer partners, accountability partners?
Like these cowboys in the above pictures, each was prepared to do the work set before him, could you say you are prepared to run the race God has laid before you?
Or are you like the horse in the picture below, all ready to go but then digging in your heals at the last minute? If you are like this horse, what will you do about it?