The bible says that our calling is holy. It means it is sacred. Something that is sacred should not be handled lightly or irreverently. Many desecrate their holy calling by substituting it with the pursuit of carnal things.
2 Timothy 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
What we have in Christ Jesus is a high calling. No pursuit or desire is higher than the calling we have in Christ. Paul said he pressed into his calling. If it were easy to obtain and fulfil his calling he wouldn’t talk about pressing into it. Many want to sit back and watch their calling come to pass. But they will end up frustrated. Nothing good in the kingdom will come to you without commitment, tenacity and a strong sense of purpose. We have to press in the place of prayer and study of the word. It is those who press in after The Lord who possess the blessings of the kingdom.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul prayed that the eyes of our spirit may be flooded with light, that we may have deeper understanding and clarity about our calling. This is a prayer we should all pray daily. When we have clarity about our calling we won’t fall into the trap of satanic distractions.
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
The enemy will throw a spanner in the engine of your life to destabilise you. He will try to keep you unbalanced on your feet so you never stabilise enough to pursue your calling.
The enemy uses distractions to keep us busy doing something else while we do nothing about our real calling. These distractions may not be bad things, in fact many times they are good things, good causes, legitimate pursuits. However The Lord did not assign you to pursue these things. The enemy entices us with success, riches and fame in the secular world. He tells us that the whole world will worship us and be friends with us if we pursue these distractions. If we do not focus on God’s will and purpose for our lives, we will begin to give heed to satanic lies and begin to pursue distractions.
If we permit them, these distractions will grow until they totally eclipse God’s calling on our lives. We become so successful at doing the wrong things, things that have no relevance to the kingdom, things that don’t have eternal value and we abandon the one thing which really counts, the one thing which really matters to heaven and to the Lord: the faithful commitment to and pursuit of your calling.
Many people run around working hard, genuinely busy…pursuing worthless things. They waste their lives in the pursuit of dreams and visions conceived by their own hearts. These things look good but they are not what The Lord wants you to do with your life. If we obey the Lord and pursue the kingdom, all of these things will be added to us without losing out on our calling in life.
Distractions come under all kinds of guises. It is only the spiritually discerning among us who will see through the satanic facade and recognise a distraction for what it is. I have seen great men and women in the kingdom totally distracted by the pursuit of and accumulation of more academic achievements. They sell themselves to these pursuits never asking themselves if there is any purpose for these advanced degrees. Is it The Lord telling you to acquire more PhD’s or is it your ego deceiving you? There are men and women called into businesses, called into scientific and technological innovations, called into ministry but they are locked up and trapped behind the four walls of academic institutions acquiring more degrees. An advanced degree is good if it has relevance to your calling. You should pursue it if it places you on a good platform to pursue and accomplish your calling. However it is totally worthless to you if you don’t need it to pursue and fulfil your calling.
There is this sister with a PhD lecturing in a Nigerian university and acquiring more degrees. She is an intercessor with a prophetic unction. Her academic pursuit pales in comparison to her giftings and calling. However she hides her calling behind an academic institution and time is running out on her. There would come a day when she has acquired all the qualifications she desires but by then she has become too old to pursue the calling on her life. All she would be left with would be worthless pieces of paper and a heart full of pain because of the calling she failed to pursue.
Many have been distracted from their calling because of business opportunities which the devil used to intercept them and destroy their kingdom focus.
There is this brother whom the Lord has used for several years in ministry. A few years ago I met him and asked how his ministry was doing.
His answer broke my heart.
He said that he was no longer in ministry. A business opportunity was presented to him and he made a lot of money from it. Thereafter he abandoned his calling for that business. There are millions like him who have reduced the meaning of their existence to making money. They have given up on the high calling of God which they have in Christ and substituted eternal pursuits for carnal, earthly pursuits. Some people are working at dead end jobs when they ought to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit to start their own kingdom-motivated business. They are too comfortable earning a salary to pursue their true calling in God. Some are hiding behind big desks and fancy titles, thinking that is all their life is about but they are miles away from God’s calling on their lives. May The Lord show them mercy and release them from satanic deception.
Some ladies are distracted by marriage. They want to get married before they begin to pursue their calling. I am yet to see a man tell me that he is waiting to get married before doing what God has called him to do. My advice to the single sister is to start doing what God has called you to do with your life. As you move along in obedience The Lord will bring the right person into your life. Waiting for a man to come into your life before you step out in faith could delay and possibly derail God’s plan for your life.
If you don’t deal with these distractions which come to seduce you or hinder you from the pursuit of your calling, you will end up derailing yourself from your calling. When you become emotionally invested in the pursuit of things that have no bearing whatsoever on your kingdom assignment, you will eventually settle down with these worthless things and make them your permanent focus in life.
We should take a lesson from the life of Moses. The bible says in Hebrews 11 that by faith he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he rejected being a prince and eventually forsook the land of Egypt which represented a major distraction to his calling. The pursuit of his calling lay on the other side of distraction. When he overcame the distractions he stepped into God’s will for his life.
We can do the same by God’s special grace.
May The Lord open your eyes to see beyond the facade of money, success, social power and fame behind which these satanic distractions hide themselves.
May you receive the inner strength to resist the enemy when he comes to seduce you from the path of your calling.
May The Lord set your feet upon the right path and grant you the wisdom, inner strength and grace to pursue your calling.