Posted in spiritual/religious

Called People Know Things

1a

The called person is inner-directed. Called people possess inner strength and a quality of perseverance and power that will withstand the outer storms. They may appear unnoticed, unappreciated, and unsophisticated, but they know how to stand and withstand.

The called person is courageous. The biblical example of a called person is John the Baptist. His entire creation was to be the foreteller of Jesus the Christ. He was born for that purpose, and that purpose only. Until Jesus came to be baptized, John the Baptist was the standing up in the desert, speaking his truth and the truth of nations. He had crowds following him, but he never forgot his purpose – to be the foreteller of the One.

The called person is a steward. The task of the steward it to manage something on behalf of the owner until the owner comes to take it back. John the Baptist understood his purpose and handled the stewardship of God’s people correctly. He managed with an open hand. When Jesus the Christ arrived on the public scene, John the Baptist, not only bowed out, he acknowledged the true leader. King Saul, an ego driven leader, did not understand his purpose and handled his stewardship poorly. King Saul believed he owned, thus his ego told him he must protect. When one tries to close in to protect, one crushes and loses. All you have to do to is to read the story of how King Saul handled the arrival of King David to realize that King Saul did not know how to be a gracious steward.

The called person knows who he or she is. Knowing who you are starts with knowing who you are not. This is a personal truth with me. I spent many years determining who I was not, peeling back those layers of what did not fit me, to uncover the genuine kernel of the one left after all the outward layers were removed. When the outer words are clamoring at you, thundering at you, make sure that you can still hear the inner voice, God’s guidance keeping you true.

The called person has a great sense of purpose. The called person knows his or her place. The called person relaxes in his or her purpose and is comfortable there, and thinks, “I was made for this.” The called person is peaceful in his or her purpose and lives in joy.

CITE:  Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald

Advertisements

Author:

Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s