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Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)
TITLE: Called to Fulfillment
By Tonya Pope
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The very people who at one time supported the fact that I am called to write and always bragged about how good I was in that area, are the very people who turn against me now that I have taken a vow to do what I have been running from for the last eleven years.
I can reach so many people by writing; people in countries that I may never visit; people in my own back yard that I may never meet. Writing is a powerful tool.
There was once a time that I wanted to be face to face with people, have as many friends as possible, and be social in an effort to be effective for the Kingdom.
Somewhere along the line, God taught me that I don’t need a million friends and acquaintances. I can’t tell you when it happened, but it did. One day I woke up and realized that I don’t need to please people, because in the process of making all those friends, I was practically killing myself to make everyone happy and to make them like me. Anytime anyone would call and need me to do anything, I would go, just to be accepted, just to make sure that I kept them as a friend. Even in the ministry.
My methods were wrong and my efforts were futile. Everything I did I did for the wrong reasons. I was trying to please man, all the while running from what God had called me to do. I was miserable. I was exhausted and death began to look very inviting.
Before I knew what was happening, I had changed. I had done a one-eighty from being an extrovert to an introvert. Walls were up everywhere. I lost my ability to speak to people. I became shy and uncomfortable anytime I was one-on-one with a person. I was unable to minister to people.
Busyness and filling your schedule is not fulfillment: it is exhaustion. You can never do anything to please people. You must always be concerned with pleasing God. He is the One who formed you; He is the One who sanctified you; He is the One who ordained you. Doing what God ordained you to do is true fulfillment.
With everything that you do, ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” If you are doing something to please man, you might want to check inside and take a look at your security level. Insecurity and rejection in a person’s life is one of the major reasons that people try to please man.
When you know who you are in Christ and what He has called you to do, and when you pursue that call with everything within you, then it won’t matter what anyone thinks of you. You will be confident. You may find that those who you thought were your friends are suddenly turning against you when you start doing what you know you have heard from God to do, but that’s ok. It won’t be you and them before the judgment seat. It will be you and you alone.
Can’t you just see it: God sitting on the throne with you standing before him? He pulls out a list of all those lives that you were supposed to touch through your writing. But you got to busy teaching Sunday school classes that you were never supposed to teach, because they knew that they could count on you to fill in. It’s one thing to fill in for maybe a month until they find someone to take the position, but why stay there and neglect what God ordained you to; A prophet to the nations.
Your article or your book will never make it into the hands of those souls that God had planned for you to touch, because you got too busy trying to please everyone else. You may have even felt condemned if you didn’t.
If this sounds like you, I urge you to seek God for His plan for your life. You may have to cut some things away and make some changes, but that’s ok too. True fulfillment comes in the call of God; not in the call of man.
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