Have you ever felt God put a calling in your heart? Did you follow through on it?
Sometimes it takes a long time for those callings to manifest themselves. For me, it has taken years. I have said before that, when I first started writing comics, I felt God put a calling in my heart to adapt The Book of Ruth into comic book form. It was one of those, “some day you are going to do this” type of things. I carried that calling in my heart for many years, before I really felt that the time was “now”.
It’s funny how when you starting answering a calling, you have this mind set, or at least I certainly did, that you are doing something for God. You know when Paul calls us to “resist the temptation to act as if we are righteous, especially by leaning on our good works”… yep!
It’s easy to start making plans and forget who, and what you are doing something for. But, if you can keep your focus on God, trusting in His plan for you and your calling, the strangest thing begins to happen; or at least for me. I came to the realization that this thing God had called me to do. This thing that I was “doing” for God…it was actually something God was doing for me.
Maybe to some of you this is nothing new, but for me this is news!!! The more I have worked on “The Book of Ruth”, the more I have poured myself into God’s plan; trusting Him, and turning it over to Him…the more I have found myself being blessed by the very thing I was supposed to be doing for God. We have it all wrong, or I certainly did. When God puts a calling in our hearts it’s because He has a blessing that He wants to share with us not because there’s something we can do for him. But the only way that He can do that is if, and when we listen to Him.
I feel grateful and blessed that our God is forgiving, and willing to overlook my arrogance. (What could I possibly do for the God who created the heavens and earth?) God stuck with me, He showed me the truth, and He brought me to the place where I am now; joyous gratitude. What calling has God put into your heart today? What blessing is he trying to share with you?
This song has really been my mantra since launching The Book of Ruth on Kickstarter and so I wanted to share it with you today.