We are called by God to know Him, this is your first calling -unknown author
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Recently my church had a graduate class with a lot of wonderful people from seminary. I enjoyed looking at the pictures and I had this great idea, I should go to seminary. I prayed about it but I didn’t and haven’t felt led to go at this point. In the last three years I really thought I should go, then my pastor anointed me last July to minister. Yes I was shocked but at the same time because God has already told me I was to preach and teach. I hadn’t discussed that much with anyone because it wasn’t something I wanted to do. This year was the most I had ever surrendered so much of my life, in the past almost two months is the most I have surrendered all of me. Three years ago until now is a lot of time to run from the Lord. I was running full speed into Satan whooping my tail, now I know how Jonah felt.
I have felt led to serve within but more also serve outside the for walls. The people that need the most help are actually outside the four walls. I like the way Jesus puts it in Matthew 9:12-13, …”those who are well have no need of a physician but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means; I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
My mother and I use to attend a Wednesday night service at another church when I was younger. They had a mission planned one summer going to Mexico and I really wanted to go; I wanted to experience going on a mission. I asked my mom for a few weeks and of course she said no and that discouraged me from asking again. After that when I would see Joyce Meyers missions in India I would long for that. My heart was all about third world countries, helping others in need. I remember as little girl, I saw a lady digging in the trash for food and clothes and I wanted to help her so bad. We weren’t rich but we had more than her. It was the same reason I was in nursing school, worked in customer service, and worked as a nursing assistant. I love to help people live a better life. It is where my heart is but I always felt I had to be a little higher to get something done. I had dreams of going to Paris, France; Brazil, Mexico, Israel and when I told my aunt about me being in different places in my dreams. She said have you ever thought about being a missionary. I laughed because I had thought about it a whole lot.
My pastor mentioned once about getting inspiration from a movie. Let’s just say I did, watching a movie called Queen on Netflix, it is a Bollywood movie about an Indian girl who was broken-hearten because her fiance broke off the engagement days before the wedding and it was really embarrassing for her but she asked her parents could she go on the honeymoon anyway by herself. Moving along she went to Paris and then Russia but she discovered something that she was strong, smarter and independent. She made friends by herself and discovered that people just liked her for who she was. I was inspired to travel, to see the world, and be a light. The Holy Spirit gently placed this on my heart. “I have given you a desire for all nations and languages.”
We are called to Christ, that is your ultimate calling, mission, and purpose. Our second mission is to be a reflection of Christ and walk in His love. You don’t need a billboard title for that or a seat in the house to make a difference. So making a difference in the Name of Christ is the real title because He gets all the glory regardless. One of the sweet ladies I hang with at church was calling me Minister Miriam I just laughed and said, I’m just Miriam. The dreams, talents, gifts that God has placed on the inside of me to help others will make room for me. I know one day God is going to say okay, it’s time to go to seminary, Miriam. Right now, He is taking me on a different route and I’m just following Him. Miriam is unique enough for me and I am glad to just serve God and others.
You can reach where others can’t,you are important just as you are! Live this life for Christ with intent and all your heart. Revival ended last night and Pastor Bridget Hilliard said something that has pushed me into overflow for the things of God. “Don’t chock, if God tells you to do something, do it! Don’t chock because on the other side of that chocking moment there is a supernatural response.” Take the leap of faith, if God is pressing you to do something in your life to change the world around you, jump! Allow Him to lead you, guide you in how He wants it done so that He can receive all the Glory.
Genesis 12:2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you. And make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.