The thief of Jn.10:10 will get us preoccupied with other people’s views of our relationship with God or their opinion of the likelihood of God’s promise coming to pass in us. He wants us totally dismayed with the time period between promise and fulfillment. Such a spirit readily points out failed relationships and failed attempts “to be a part of” so it appears that there is now a “blemish” on our calling. His memory works overtime reminding us of failed or unheeded opportunities. Hence, the implication of our being unworthy or unreliable as participants in any divine purpose. [Therefore] My brothers and sisters, try hard [make every effort; strive] to be certain that you really are called and chosen by God [confirm your calling and election]. [For] If you do all these things, you will never fall [stumble]. (2Pe.1:10, EXB)
Your God-calling is as unique as you are. Your combination of giftings and temperament and personality and motivations and abilities and experience is unique. There can be many facets and phases to your calling and purpose in life. That’s why we need to seek first the kingdom. Living submitted to God’s authority, presence, grace and order is where we discover how to live in fulfillment, first daily and then a lifetime, thereby bringing glory to God.
(This is the second excerpt from Kathy’s article “Rebuilding Our Temple-Part 2“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
KATHY GABLER brings an encouraging word in this 3min. audio file.
“He is putting gates in your fences.”