The Callings in Our Life
Briefing: Law enforcement is a calling. Do you feel you were called to this profession? Do you feel any other callings in your life?
Dispatch (Assignment): Read John 4:27-38.
On the Street: First we must understand what a “calling” on our life is. The Merriam-Webster dictionary has two definitions for calling that fit our purpose. The first one is: a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence. The second definition is: the vocation or profession in which one customarily engages. I believe law enforcement officers have a calling to this profession and I believe it is divine.
In Romans 11:29 (NIV) we find God’s callings on our lives are irreversible and irrevocable; “for God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.” Your calling to the profession of law enforcement was ordained by God Himself. If you are a Christian law enforcement officer, this is a Biblical truth you must know and understand.
God also has other callings on our lives; callings we may not be aware of but are in the process of living out. I was called to be a husband to Angie and to love her. I was also called to be a father to Kate and Cole. As their earthly father, I am called to raise them in the fear and understanding of God. These callings are irrevocable.
God has other callings on our lives as well. Being a law enforcement officer is a big calling. Being a husband and a father are big callings. God calls us to big things. One of His most important calls on our lives can be found in John 4:34-38. In these verses, Jesus gives us a glimpse of His great commission. “My Food”, said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work. Do you not say, “Four months more and then the harvest”? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for the harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying, “One sows and the other reaps” is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” John 4:34-38 (NIV).
God has sent us as His laborers into the fields of our profession. The harvest, the lost souls of men and women who do not know Christ, is ripe, meaning they are ready to hear the good news about Jesus and His gift of salvation. We are the men and women He has called to share His good news. Don’t miss His irrevocable call for you.
If you have dropped the ball on being a dad, husband, or sharer of the good news of Jesus, it’s not too late to get back in the game. God’s call is still active. Once He has called you, He can’t and won’t take it back. Ask Him for the courage to carry out the callings He has placed in your life.
The good news is you don’t have to do it alone; with His help and guidance we will be successful.
Investigational Resources: For more information on God’s calling on, and ordaining of, law enforcements, read Romans 13:1-7. The great commission can be found in Matthew 28:16-20.
Officer Safety Principle: Be strong, courageous and obedient.
from The Gospel of John Through the Eyes of a Cop
©by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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