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Day 5: The Hosea Calling

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 5, 2011


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When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the LORD.” – Hosea 1:2

God does not call everyone to what we’d consider “wonderful” ministries, but God calls all believers to participate in His plan.

God speaks through the calling He places upon us with one goal in mind, that we might reflect the will of God in Christ Jesus our Lord through us.  Everything we do as believers reflects Christ whether good or bad.  People read the testimony we live out.

God’s calling on your life might not resemble Hosea’s calling, but He always calls us to do things that stretch us.  The calling works humility in our lives while reflecting Christ outwardly.  Some of you reading this model the calling of suffering through a chronic illness, constant struggle, life altering situations – e.g. joblessness, or some situation that just seems to never get better.  I call it the “Hosea Calling”.

If you walk this calling, know that many others walked it before you.  Noah’s calling to save the world led him through a path that brought ridicule for over 100 years by everyone he ever knew while he built a big boat in his back yard.  In the end, he only convinced 7 people to follow God.

Joseph’s calling led him through years of rejection, scorn and ridicule.  Eventually he landed in jail because of false accusations where everyone forgot him.  In the end, God lifted him up to the second most powerful position in the world, but he only made it because of the suffering.

If you need a New Covenant calling, God told Ananias:

“Go! This man [Saul, later called Paul] is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” – Acts 9:15-16

You look at the first part of the calling and you see Paul being called to a glorious ministry, but the second part tells the path in which he must walk.

Paul embraces this calling in Philippians 3:10-11 when he says:

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Even when the calling looks wonderful, sometimes the path to the calling brings pain, suffering, struggle and even martyrdom.  If this sounds like your calling, know that Jesus says, “You are blessed!” (Matthew 5:3-11)

After all, Jesus’ own calling brought him rejection, ridicule, suffering and eventual martyrdom (c.f. Isaiah 53:7-10), but where would the world be if he resisted that calling and took another path. In the end, because he followed the calling God placed upon his life from the beginning of time, we experience life everlasting (Isaiah 53:11-12).

You see a common theme to each of these people. They did not complain, but walked the path with grace and integrity.

So embrace your calling.  Anything you go through in this life only lasts until your cross over where you will receive a reward that makes all the pain and suffering a distance memory.

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