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When God calls you

“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 labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Prayer

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 15: 58 – “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 labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

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The Word for Today devotional by United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) says

A career is something you choose; a calling is something you receive. A career is something you do for yourself; a calling is something you do for God.

A career promises status, money, and power; a calling generally promises difficulty, suffering, and the opportunity to be used by God. A career may end with retirement and many toys; a calling does not end until you die.

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Number of events can disrupt a career, but God enables you to fulfil your calling even in the most difficult circumstances. For some people in Scripture obeying the call of God meant living in slavery, being captured and sent into exile, or being put to death.

Their career trajectories did not look promising, yet they fulfilled their calling in extraordinary ways. Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, once had one of the highest profile careers in America. He had access to power and influence in the Nixon White House, yet he was sent to prison.

His career was over, but his calling was just beginning. He was called to reach others just like himself. He reflects: ‘The real legacy of my life was my biggest failure - that I was an ex-convict.

My great humiliation - being sent to prison - was the beginning of God’s greatest use of my life; He chose the one experience in which I could not glory [and used it] for His glory.’ In the providence of God, the end of your career can be the beginning of your calling.

Whatever God has called you to do, the Bible says, ‘Give yourselves fully to the work … because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.’

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