Apr 01, 2014
But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles… Galatians 1:15-16 (NASB)
How do you know if you are set apart for God's purpose? Have you ever struggled with questions like, what is my calling? What am I supposed to be doing? What is God's plan for my life? How can God use us as a military couple?
What was true for Paul is true for us.
God was working in the whole of Paul’s life, and His plan was in place before Paul drew his first breath. Reflecting on this observation, I am stunned by God’s sovereign gift of long-range planning. Working with a canvas made up of a life-time of days, God’s call came right on time. Will God not do the same for us as military families?
Understanding time and purpose is often high on our control list.
We want to be able to measure the distance between the stars, count the galaxies, and be able to explain God's omniscience before we will fully believe that He is sovereign over both time and our experience as military families. I believe this includes developing confidence that God will reveal Christ in us and through us as members of our nations military.
Yet here's Paul, set apart before he was born. His calling, not dependent on his abilities or his occupation, is a living demonstration of God’s active grace.
God's call is incomplete until we respond.
Will we respond or ignore? Yes or no? Though God is in control, He always leaves room for us to answer.
Responding to God’s call, Paul becomes a living container for the revealing of Christ. Oh that we understood this miracle better! How would our lives be radically different if we fully understood God's Christ-revealing work within?
When we say yes to God, amazing things happen-- He is pleased to reveal His son in us. This grace of purpose extends to all who will receive it. How often have I chased after worth and purpose, neglecting to respond to God first?
God reveals; we respond--this is the heart of worship and it is the backbone of obedience. And it is the beginning place of sharing the Gospel.
Have you struggled to discover your calling? How has God revealed purpose and calling in your life?
Speaker, writer, and worship leader, Ginger Harrington ministers to women in a variety of ways. Encouraging others to discover practical ways to go deeper with God is an emphasis evident in her popular blog, Ginger’s Corner: Where the Spiritual Meets the Practical. Come visit Ginger’s blog at www.gingerharrington.com and connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gingerscorner.