“Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:10-11
Have you ever felt God call you to do something? Maybe it was something like mentor a younger person, volunteer in a ministry, take a ministry position, or start an outreach program. No matter what God calls people, there is one thing that seems to be a universal truth: It will not be easy. I’ve found this to be true in my life. Nothing God has ever called me to has been easy. Rewarding? Yes. Easy? No.
A couple of times in my ministry, Roberta and I have been tempted to give up and abandon ministry. Though discouragement got the better of us, we never did give up. We spent long hours in college waiting on God to hear him speak to us about the direction of our lives. Before accepting any ministry position, we would again pray for long hours making sure it is what God was calling us to do. When discouragement came, we would again seek God to find out what He was doing.
It was not until hard times hit that we really understood 2 Peter 1:10-11. Peter advises really everyone to make sure that you know that God is calling you to the action that you are taking. Ministry, whether vocational, volunteer, pastoral or lay is too difficult to just jump into and hope that God has your back. When hard times come for Roberta and I we go back to our calling. Did God call us to this? Yes. Is He going to take care of us through it? He always has in the past. Somehow, when we do this, God gives us everything we need to weather the storm and not just survive, but thrive.
Make sure of your calling, and so that you have something to go back to when times get tough, because it will get tough.