Wednesday, November 12, 2008

God Called us to vOcation not vAcation- Pt. II

A vocation is a particular job for which one is trained. We are all trained to do something or another. Number one, as part of the "Royal Priesthood it is our primary responsibility to pray. we can't just stop praying for the nation because our candidate won (or in some cases, lost). We have to pray for his protection and direction. We can't stop praying for our marriages because there is peace. If we aren't prAying for our marriages the enemy will be prEying on them. We can't stop praying for our children because they are behaving for the moment. We need to be praying setting the example and training them as as they should go. He called us to a vocation - not a vacation.

A vacation is leisure time from work dedicated to rest or pleasure. In John 9:4 we are told to work while it is day because night comes when no man will be able to work. God wants us to use wisdom and not over exert our bodies but He also wants us to work while there is still time for work to be done.

Prophetically speaking, the year 2008 was designated as the year of new beginnings. What did we begin this year that we didn't finish? What did God make a way for us to begin and complete but we took it upon ourselves to take a vacation from doing?

Many of us began this year (and every other year) with goals and dreams. I can recall speaking to some peole that wanted to read the bible cover to cover in a year, some wanted to volunteer or wittness more, others wanted to loose weight, find a church home or make it to church more. With 49 days left int he year, how much have we actually gotten done? What have we purposed in our hearts, minds and spirits to do for the Kingdom of God, our families and ourselves that we have not done? God called us to a vocation not a vacation.

Is God keeping you up at night or waking up up early in the morning? Is He constantly having a certain individual or group of individuals to cross your path and you never speak of His goodness to them? Is He causing people to cross your mind at the most odd times? There are people dying everyday that don't know the saving power of Jesus Christ. There are people that are bound, wounded, broken and lost. They need to now that somebody loves them unconditionally. They need to hear what God has done for you and how He has brought you through. The Word says that we are overcommers by not only the blood of the Lamb but also by the Words of our testimony. Who are we to contain what He's done for us and keep it to ourselves? We were brought with a price. We no longer belong to ourselves so don't worry about people knowing your business - we don't have any business. It's God's business now for His glory. There are people that have heard all of their lives that the wages of sin is death but don't understand that the gift of God is eternal life. They need to hear this. God called us to a vocation not a vacation.

It is very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life with family, work, and everything else that is going on. It's not always easy to balance home life and ministry. There just doesn't seem like there are enough hours in a day but the good news is that time belongs to God. We can seek Him and ask Him to help us schedule our lives around Him and His will for our lives. Just because we may not have as much time as we would like to for Kingdom Building does not exempt us. He called us to Vocation and not Vacation.

Please come back tomorrow for the third and final part of this message. I pray that something you read here will take residence in your spirit and bless you tremendously in Jesus' name.


Fitts said...

This is good stuff Shanita, many need to read this.

God bless you dear sister, good post!


Pastor Andre' A. McGhee said...

My sister,

I appreciate your stopping by my blog. Your remarks are warmly received and greatly cherished.

By the way, this is a provocative post. Thanks for putting things in perspective. God Bless!!

Pastor Lance A. Mann said...

Shanita, I am greatly humbled by your comments. Welcome to the world of blogging and I will say that your post is outstanding and thought provoking.


Vietta P's two cents said...

Ms. Shanita, I would like to thank you for my Happy Birthday wishes. This is what I love most about having a birthday rather than receiving material gifts. Hearing from friends, family and acquaintances is the BEST of all. God Bless.


Kimberly said...

Wow! This is a powerful post!

Thank you so much for your sweet and encouraging comment at my blog! I love how there are so many women declaring their love for the Savior via blogging!

Blessings to you as you challenge us all to truly live for Christ!

Shanita Waters said...

Thank all of you for gracing my page with your presence. I appreciae your comments, kinds words and encouragement.

Thank you all for your warm welcome into your "blog family".