The best defense is a good offense.

Posted: June 5, 2012 in From the Wall
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“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints…” (Ephesians 1:15-18)

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

OK, so God has this whole thing figured out.  Even before you were saved, He had a purpose and a plan — a plan that includes you doing specific stuff for Him and His kingdom (THE GREAT ADVENTURE!).  Do you know what the specifics of this plan are?  If yes, that’s awesome — but if you know, then are you walking in this purpose and plan?  And if you don’t know, why not?  And what are you doing about it? (Maybe I’ll talk more about that tomorrow.  Because you can certainly know what your calling is.)

There are few things more important than knowing and walking in the call/callings God has for us.  Most importantly, a fruitful, purposeful spiritual life is evidence that we have a real love-relationship with Jesus.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

In this case (contextually), to abide means to stay with someone, as in living with that person.  Sort of like being married.  So, if we really have a loving, ongoing, abiding relationship with Jesus, it will be fruitful.  It will be purposeful.  It will be impacting.

That doesn’t mean that your calling will look exactly like your friends’ callings.  But, according to God’s Word, it does mean that it should somehow be involved with what is called the Great Commission — making disciples for Jesus (Matthew 28:19).  But of course, this is not just about evangelism.  As the Apostle Paul said, “The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.” (1 Corinthians 3:8)

And one of the awesome side-benefits of being involved in God’s call on your life is that you will be much more protected spiritually that way.  It is much harder to wander off spiritually if you are involved (in an ongoing way) with the adventure that the Holy Spirit has for you.  As the old saying goes — “The best defense is a good offense.”

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