Deeper Day 265: Accepting the Call

I had a birthday last week and as I was out exercising that day, I saw a notary stamp come down from heaven and stamp my forehead. I heard God say, “September 15, 2020 I certify you.” Having previously worked with documents and being familiar with notarization, I realized God was doing something significant. When a document is notarized, the person who has the document must have supporting documentation to receive the stamp. The one stamping it, the notary, is certified and has met the qualifications to stand as one trusted to be honest and receive all the proper supportive documentation before stamping the document. There are stiff penalties for lying and stamping something without supportive documents.

God is the only One certified to “notarize” any of us. He alone can certify us because He alone knows our hearts. This was a big moment, one that I understood I needed to remember.

God has been releasing a call over my heart for quite some time. It is multi-faceted and encompasses a lot of different areas, but it is my unique call. I’m understanding more and more every day that the things to which I’m called are specifically designed to fit not only my talents but also, bring life to my spirit. These same callings might make another feel overwhelmed or bogged down, but as I recognize and embrace my uniqueness, God has made it all seem lighter and lighter to me.

We each have our own specific calling. Yes, it may coordinate with others around us, but it will remain unique to us individually.

I suppose the message today is two-fold…

First, don’t try to accept another person’s calling. Even though you may experience some momentary success, in the end you will feel defeated and heavy laden. Denying your own call in order to take on the call of someone else because it seems more glamorous or whatever, is folly. No call is without its own set of sacrifices that must be made.

Second, don’t belittle the call you receive. God fashioned you specifically for certain purposes in His kingdom, so saying it’s not as important as someone else’s, is actually saying to God, “You made a mistake. I don’t like what You’ve given me.” I seriously doubt any of you would want to talk to God in such a way, right? Instead, I challenge you to embrace the calling He has on your life and begin to move forward in it, even in a small way. Any forward motion is success!

Prayer Moment: God, thank You for the unique calling You have placed on each of our lives. Help us to embrace all that You have placed within us and help us to never look at others with envy. Never let us rob ourselves of the fullness You’ve called us to because of jealousy. I receive the full calling You have given me. Teach me to walk it out daily. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:1-6

For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. Romans 11:29