Choosing the higher calling- Come to me
This was the song my friend played. I listened to it continuously while I prayed. By the time I was done praying, I felt refreshed. I felt like “ I am good to go”. I slept a happy single lady and woke up with joy on my wedding day.
Yaaaaaaaah! It’s my wedding day #dancing#. I was full of joy on this day. This joy came out of the knowledge that “God is with me in the new phase of life I’m about to come into”.
I couldn’t trade that knowledge for anything, not a fun time with friends. Thank God I responded to what I felt in my spirit the previous night—to pray. I got the word I needed for the journey of a lifetime. I’m grateful I chose the higher calling that night.
Do not give in to the pleasure of the moment at the expense of your destiny. I could have chosen to be with my friends and have a spinster’s night (I hope I got that right). I didn’t neglect the urge I felt to pray, the urge I felt to be in God’s presence. The urge I had to respond to the higher calling.
Please get me right, I am certainly not against “spinsters night, or having fun with friends. My point is; it pays to respond to the higher calling (whatever that is in your own case) than to settle for pleasure of the moment which will pass and you will be left to face reality.
Responding to the higher calling
The moment of the higher calling too will pass and you will as well be faced with the reality. When you are faced with a situation like this. A situation where you have to choose between responding to the “higher calling” or enjoy the “pleasure of the moment” what you choose to respond to goes a long way.
I could have chosen to be with my friends that night and not respond to “a higher calling” (the pull I felt in my spirit to be in God’s presence, to pray). I could have danced that night, at the expense of receiving God’s word that I needed for the journey ahead-my marriage.
The “moments of pleasure” and “higher calling” will pass, what stays with you is the decision(s) you made at such moments.
Making the right decision
There are times in life when you have to make a choice, when you have to take a decision. Remember that you are who, what, where you are today because of the decision you made yesterday.
You will be who you will be tomorrow because of the decision(s) you make today.
For example, Mary and Martha were faced with the situation to either fix a meal for Jesus (which is important) or to listen to his teaching. Martha chose to cook while Mary chose to listen.
Guess what Jesus’ response to Martha’s complain?
He said “Martha, dear Martha, you are fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. Only one thing is essential, and Mary has chosen it-it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
Like I said earlier, these moments will pass but the decisions you make remains.
The moments of pleasure and higher calling for me might be different from yours, and yours might be different from that of you friend.
These moments for you might be that you have to choose between what people will say or think about you, and accepting the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Make a decision today
Choose to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Deuteronomy 30:19 says “I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. CHOOSE LIFE” (GNB Translation).
Dearly beloved, choose Life, choose to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ. You can say this prayer now:
Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending your son Jesus to die for me. I believe that you raised Him on the third day. Jesus, come into my heart and be my Lord in Jesus name. Amen. Welcome to God’s family.
Whatever these moments are in your own case, I pray for you that you chose the good part that cannot be taken away from you. Amen.