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The youngest son of a farmer was told that one day he would be given responsibilities higher than his brothers. These responsibilities would save his family and the country. He was only a teenager at the time. His brothers resented him and tried to get rid of him. He survived being trapped in a pit, slavery and prison. All the while, he remembered he was called to something better, something higher. Surely being thrown into a pit or being sold or spending years in prison was his higher calling. No, it wasn’t. The end of the story was his higher calling.
As I’ve mentioned before, my kids are close in age. 34 months separate three kids. At times, it’s like raising triplets. They brought a new meaning to sibling rivalry to our family. Several times over the years I’d be gone for a weekend or several nights in a row. When I come home, all three want to tell me what they did or where they went while I was gone. At first I thought, that’s so sweet. They missed me and wanted to tell me what I missed while I was gone. The longer the three conversations went, the realization of the reality of what was happening came to light. Sibling rivalry kicked in and they were trying to one up each other. So much for having a sentimental mom moment!
I am not a competitive person by nature. The thrill and excitement of winning is uplifting and encouraging. Yet, winning isn’t everything. It’s just a game and I want to have fun. The only person I am consistently competitive with is myself. If I’m going to one up anyone, I’m going to one up myself.
“If your path is difficult, it is sometimes because your calling is higher.” – Toby Mac
Life is not a walk in the park. Sometimes it is, but not all the time. Life is hard and difficult. The areas of difficulty look different from person to person, but we all struggle with something at sometime in our lives. We can’t avoid it, it just is. How do you process, handle and work through the hard times? My prayer for you is that with each difficulty you one up yourself and work through the difficulty a little better each time.
Here’s the thing, we are all called to a higher calling. You don’t have to be a preacher, a world renowned evangelist or a popular Christian artist to have a higher calling. All followers of Christ are called to a higher calling. Are you willing to accept the challenge to one up your relationship with Christ?
Remember the teenage boy with the higher calling left and forgotten in prison? He remembered his higher calling and never gave up on seeing it through. By sustaining his relationship with God and holding onto the promise he was given, he became the ruler of Egypt.Through each trial he one upped his relationship with God and grew closer to his final calling.
Where you are right now is not your final calling. It’s time to one up your relationship with Christ. It’s time to take a step closer to your higher calling.
How do you know what your higher calling is? You know that nibbling feeling, deep in your gut that says there is more to life than what you have right now? That may be your higher calling. It’s between you and Jesus.
What if the teenage boy gave up, settled on being a prisoner for life and let go of the promise of a higher calling. Sad, isn’t it. We know all parts of the story. We know how it ended. You and I don’t know the ending to our story. We are still writing it.
At this moment right now, I have a sense of a higher calling. I have an idea of what it is. Maybe it’s my own lack of faith that I could accomplish and reach such a calling. What if I kicked doubt out of the picture and allowed His confidence to rule my hopes and dreams of attaining the higher calling He has for me.
How do I do that? One step, one choice, one leap at a time. Each baby step leads to another that leads to another.
If God placed us in our higher calling immediately, we would sink like a ton of rocks. Each step of the way we are a little closer to what He has called us to be. One up yourself today. What do you need to do to take a step closer to your higher calling?
Seek Him daily. Ask Him who He has called you to be. Lean into His grace and mercy and allow Him to guide you to your higher calling. You are meant for so much more.
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together, one upping our calling, in Him.
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