Chapter 10 – Live Out Your Calling
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:45
As you walk through the steps of reinvention know that it is all leading to that “God calling” on your life! That is what this is about – being released into your assignment to fulfill your purpose here on earth! But your calling is not just going to come forth – it must come through your character and personality. Your personal disposition is the infrastructure that your ministry is built upon. You cannot escape the fact that you and your ministry are one.
This is why transformation is so important. There are many that try to walk in their calling or use their gifts without spiritual maturity – this usually is a recipe for disaster. Even though your calling is a spiritual entity that is separate from your humanistic mortality, it still becomes a part of the human experience because of the earthly vessel that carries it. That is why it is so important for us to optimize our standard of living, presenting the best possible framework for God’s ministry as it flows through us.
…it is definitely clear throughout the Bible that God pays as much attention to a person’s character as He does to their gifts and abilities. Our Lord Jesus Christ states in Mark 7:20-23:
“…That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
There are many examples throughout the scriptures concerning God’s view of character and calling. For Daniel, Esther, Peter and Paul, their character actually augmented and amplified their callings. For individuals such as Samson, Eli and Judas, their character essentially hindered their influence and ultimately destroyed their call.
So purpose, fulfillment and ministry effectiveness can be, at least in part, attributed to character quality. Some commentaries suggest that character is a barometer for ministry success. Now you may not dot every “i” and cross every “t” but you must recognize how important this is.
One important character trait for ministry effectiveness is drive – also an interesting “reinvention” word. It speaks to orchestration and control. If you want your purpose and calling to be successful you must learn how to drive. Driven people get results. They not only experience transformation but actually achieve a sense of fulfillment. Driving also presents a unique dichotomy concerning awareness.
If you drive your car across the state to a relative’s house, there are certain things that you must be cognizant of. You must pay attention to your present surroundings (e.g., road signs, people crossing the street, other vehicles changing lanes, etc.), and at the same time, not be distracted by the peripherals of the journey. In other words, driving means you must be conscious of where you are, but also focused on where you are going.
This is an excerpt from Chapter 10 of “Reinvent Yourself: 21 Practical Keys to Your Personal Spiritual Makeover”. Pick up a copy of Reinvent Yourself here!