Phil 3:14 This one thing I do, Forgetting the those thing which are behind and reaching forth unto those which are ahead
Paul said, "I press toward the mark of the prize of the High Calling of God in Christ".
Did You know there is a High Calling on your life
The High Calling is something God has specifically chosen for you to do.
Phil 3:12 ...that I might apprehend what I was apprehended for in Christ.
If you been born again, you've been apprehended.
When God apprehended Paul, He said, "OK, I got something for you to do."
God has always had a plan for you. "I know my plans for you....Jer 29:11"
He had a plan for you before He created the world.
Eph 1.... 4 ...just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself..
We're talking predestination folks.
Jesus slain before the foundation of the earth Rev 8:13
We were chosen before the foundation of the earth Eph 1:4
continues in Ephesians.....11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to His purpose who works all things according to the counsel of His will
We are predestined. God has a purpose for our lives and this world.
God calls the end from the beginning.
He designed it all in beginning, when blueprint done then said let the construction begin.
No construction site is clean and neat. Dirty and dangerous.
This is the world in which we live, but God is building something.
The whole point of this life and world, and everything associated with it
is to manufacture what God has designed.
God is creating a very unique kingdom which will be set in motion at Resurrection Rev 20:6
What is your High Calling?
Its what God designed you to be in His Kingdom.
Try to picture yourself in the Kingdom of God (KOG) after the resurrection.
What do you see yourself doing?
Can I just tell you -- you are going to be doing what He designed you to do.
He gave you a unique personality and a unique set of gifts and talents
You are going to do what you are gifted to do.
I believe your High calling is doing right now what God has called you to do in His Kingdom. Using your gifts and talents to promote the KOG
What is your High Calling?
First question to ask is - what are your gifts and talents.
Using them is only way you will truly be effective doing Gods work
Never be effective trying to be like someone else. David with Saul's armor.
Philemon 6 ...will become effective in sharing the Gospel when you acknowledge every good thing in you by Christ Jesus.
In short - The High Call - " acknowledging the good things that are in you "
What is the " good thing in you "? - Gift, Talent Also your Dream and Vision
Forgetting the those thing which are behind and reaching forth unto those which are ahead
We must have vision to find our High Calling
Press Toward the Mark of the prize
Got to Reach for it - Dream for it - Faith for it - Go for it
......pursue it,......... apprehend what you were apprehended for..
Many are called but few are chosen. Many are saved but few find the High Calling.
Many are apprehended, but don't (Phil 3:12) Apprehend what you are apprehended for.
When God saved you He calls you out of the natural world and into the
Spiritual world, world of faith, dreams, vision, endless possibilities
Is there anything too hard for God?
God has called us to a life of faith.
God is not impressed with your goodness but faith.
Lot of good atheist out there, but they are not pleasing to God.
God has called us to a life of faith
if you are playing it safe its not faith
if you are not taking a risk its not faith.
God is impressed with those that take a risk for the KOG's sake
God is impressed with those who multiply their talents and not shrink back in fear.
Parable of the talents: they gained more talents by risking.
Only make money in stock market by risking
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but power, love and sound mind.
The High Calling is incorporating your dream, vision, gift and talents for the KOG
Pursuing your High Calling impresses God.
God is impressed with your dream, vision, gift and talents
Yes your gift talent - He made you for His pleasure - He likes you
One more criteria to Fulfill your High Calling - FUN
Is 64:4 God meets the man who is rejoicing working righteousness and acknowledging God in all that he does.
I find the wording interesting "God meets the man".
(Father running to meet the prodigal son)
I believe God is attracted to FUN. When having fun in His name.
High praises (celebration) of God be in their mouth (Ps 149)
Ps 100: Gates/Thanksgiving, Courts/Praise, Presence/Singing. Inhabits the praises of His people.
this sounds like God is attracted to those who are having fun in His name.
In his presence is fullness of Joy.
What is your High Calling?
What do you love to do? What do you enjoy? What are you good at? What are you excited about? What comes easy to you?
When you employ these things in ministry. You are operating in your High Calling.
What is fun to you? You can't have fun doing something God has not called you to do.
On record - If you are not having fun in your ministry. That ain't your High Calling.
His yoke is easy and burden light.
It's no fun trying to be someone else.
God did not call you to be someone else - be you.
"I'm not like you and don't want to follow your rules."
That's why people don't want to get saved - they think they have to be like the Preacher
Be unique! Follow your dream. If you are not having fun you are not being effective.
So What is your High Calling?
What is my Gift and Talent. What is my Dream and Vision?
What is Fun to you?
People are lost because we are not making the Gospel fun.
We are creative, As creative beings its our job to make the Gospel fun, to make the Good News, good news. Amazing how people make the Gospel bad news.
Takes a lot of energy to make good news bad news.
"I know you, you don't have the love of God in you".
I know you, you don't have the Fun of God in you.
You are the most like God when you are having fun, creative and being yourself.
Can't be creative when under pressure, but relaxed, having fun, dreaming.
God wants you to have fun.
God is really big into the Sabbath and lots of holidays.
Jesus came to set us free. He enjoys it when we help him set others free.
But how do we do it?
Using our gifts and talents to share the love of God with people.
When you do this it will help set others free.
What's the purpose for the High Calling? Why should we pursue it?
Because it sets people free...
Is 61:1 the spirit of the Lord God is upon me and anointed Me To preach the Good News, heal the brokenhearted, free the bound, comfort the sad, Give beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, praise for the spirit of heaviness;
How will you set them free, break their yokes, lift their spirits, give them hope, comfort them ?
We do this with our gifts and talents, dreams, vision, faith and love. Our High Calling!
The inner city is lost and being turned into hell because we are not using our creativity,
gifts and talents, dreams, vision, faith and love
Your High Calling is not about you.
Someone's salvation is connected to your gift, your talent, your Vision, your High Call.
When you realize this, you begin to discover the Dream and Vision God is trying to get through to you. You begin to discover your High Call.
If we press in, pursue, don't look back, use our faith and vision there will be a prize, rewards (abundant entrance).
More crowns and glory for Jesus.
Be faithful in another man's vision. Its required to get your own. (Lu 16:12)
Joseph vision was fulfilled when he helped others: Butler, Baker, Pharaoh
The church will help you discover your High Calling in context of fellowship
Help others find their calling. Encourage others, edify, give, sow into their lives
2 Pet 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.