OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE
TOPIC: KNOW YOUR CALLING
DATE: THURSDAY 12th MAY 2016
SING HYMN: 12 – MY HOPE IS BUILD ON NOTHING LESS
“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 12:4
1 Corinthians 12:4-7; King James Version (KJV)
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
Being called is an important issue which usually brings up endless discussions amongst Children of God. Meanwhile, we are advised to give due diligence to make our calling and election sure. The knowledge of our calling is not as important as what we are doing about it. How are you justifying Heaven’s confidence in you? Each time you stray from God’s path, purpose and will, you make the Heavenly host regret their choice. That you were chosen suggests you are special. You were chosen to be precious (1 Peter 2:4-4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious). Those who are chosen are called into divine friendship with God (Isaiah 41:8-8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.). The chosen is allowed to draw nearer to God. Haven been chosen, how close are you to God? Heaven defends the chosen to any extent. God turns impossibility into possibility and makes miracles common place in the life of the chosen. The important thing is to recognise Heaven’s calling on your life; we are called to be to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:12 says;
“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”
Gifts may differ just as the sun and the moon have their different spheres of influence. Unlike the moon, the light of the sun influences those under it to stay awake and work. It gives life, while the light of the moon –which is a reflection –influences those under it to close shop and rest.
From Genesis 1:26-28(26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.), we understand that man was created for a purpose –to dominate everything God had made including the sun, moon and stars. You were created for a purpose, even if you were conceived by mistake, you are not an accident. Were you a product of rape? Even then, you have to fulfill God’s purpose on earth. God needed a particular man and a specific woman to come together in order to have you. If your father just impregnated your mother and disappeared, it could just be that he had finished his assignment. Before you were created, God knew you and He knows your worth to Him even when people think you are of no value because you lack education, money, skills or intellect.
God knows you and has ordained you for a purpose from your mother’s womb even without her knowledge or consent (Jeremiah 29:11-11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.) and chosen by God before the foundations of the earth (Ephesians 1:3-5-3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,). You were chosen to be holy, blameless and in love. Anytime you dabble into sin, you contradict the purpose for which you were created. Is your life blameless like Daniel’s? If you find it difficult to do something perfectly, or people always find fault with your work, it could be that the spirit of error is operating in your life. Each time you fail to walk in love towards those who offend you, you contradict God’s purpose for calling you. As seen in our Bible reading for today, you were created to glorify God. Is your life praising God today? Are you fulfilling God’s purpose for creating you?
List those things you do that are against God’s original purpose for your life. Determine to make appropriate corrections henceforth.
Bible in one year:
2 Kings 13:1-15:16; Proverbs 23:14-28