Five Keys to Your Calling


No matter if you started yesterday or have been in ministry for 30 years, there are keys to walking worthy of your calling that we need to remember. (Note: If you aren’t in ministry yet, but want to be, implement the following into what you are doing now.)

Ephesians 4:1-2 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the calling with which you are called, with all lowliness and meekness…

  • Humbleness. You will quite possibly be praised for your gifts and talents, and that’s okay. We need to make sure our heart reflects that glory back to the Lord. He is with the humble (Isaiah 57:15). The gifts and callings of God are without repentance (Romans 11:29), yes, but God will not be able to use someone who is continually puffed up with pride. Pride is an abomination (Proverbs 16:5).

with long-suffering…

  • Faithfulness. There will be tough times. Ministry is not fun all the time: it’s hard work, you don’t always have enough help, people hate you and make false accusations against you, etc. Jesus put up with all the above and never stopped. Will you be faithful, too?

forbearing one another in love…(vs. 3)endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace…

  • Forbearance. Often there’s someone that you “get” to work with (notice I didn’t say “have” to), that you just can’t stand. God did it on purpose to refine you, even if that person does things that are wrong. Don’t even think about that; stay in unity. It’s your chance to love and to be purified.

Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in you all…

  • Know that you aren’t irreplaceable. God has a plan for the whole body of Christ to do His work while he receives the glory. All of our callings come together for His kingdom, not ours. King Saul started out humble (1Sa 9:21), yet he kept disobeying the Lord and was replaced with King David (1Samuel 15:28).

Ephesians 4:7 But to every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ…

  • Grace. His grace flowing through your life will bring influence and favor.

Question: What could you add to this list?

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2 thoughts on “Five Keys to Your Calling

  1. Great points Kelly! I would add to not forsake our trips to the Mountain. Sometimes we can get so consumed with ministry that we forget what’s most important… spending time in the presence of Jesus! When I find myself feeling burn out or getting uptight, it always goes back to the fact that I have not spent intimate times in prayer and worship as of late. That’s when I know it’s time shut it all down and run to the feet of Jesus (Luke 10:38-45).

    Thanks again – Your blog is a great blessing!

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