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June 23rd, 2015

Faithfulness to God’s Calling

“Thus was accomplished all the work of Solomon from the day the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was completed.” (2 Chronicles 8:16 ESV)

The most important calling on Solomon’s life had finally been completed. The temple of the Lord had been constructed and the Lord promised to keep His “eyes and (His) heart … there for all time” (1 Kings 9:3 ESV). The temple allowed for the indwelling presence of God among His people, and Solomon’s faithfulness to accomplish this work secured that reality.

Imagine, though, if Solomon had gotten distracted. Imagine if he decided that catching up on his latest TV show was more important than securing every detail as God declared for His holy house. Imagine if he had allowed his job as king to distract from his responsibility to build the house of the Lord.  Imagine if he was just too lazy to follow the command of God. Imagine what blessings Solomon would have cost his people if he had not faithfully brought his calling to completion.

What is the Lord calling you to build with your life? What are you doing to insure that you faithfully see it through to completion? What could your faithfulness in seeing this calling through bring about in the lives of the people around you, both in your physical family and your church family?

The calling of God upon our lives carries purpose.  He doesn’t randomly assign vain tasks in order for you to feel valuable.  No, His calling has greater purpose, so that every one of us who have been called to join His spiritual family must carefully consider the consequence of our unfaithfulness and the blessing of our perseverance.

What do you need to build today?

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 2 Chronicles, Calling, Faithfulness.
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February 23rd, 2013

Divine Intervention

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.” 1 Timothy 1:12 (NIV)

On February 23, 1986, I was involved in a Jet Ski accident through which God called me to preach. I was sixteen years old and a junior at Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. Just moments before that life-changing experience, my dream was to be an architect and build great buildings. God reoriented my life to focus on building lives for eternity.

Over these twenty-seven years I have learned that God always develops your character to match His assignment. Ministry originates with God and He equips you to join Him in the redemptive process. Throughout the journey of ministry, you come to learn how to trust in God’s daily provision and to practice His Presence. God uses the terrain of the valleys and mountaintops to conform you into the image of Christ. Every interaction is a divine transaction. God is passionate in His pursuit of you and His desire for you to be on mission with Him.

God delights in using broken vessels to shine His light in a broken world. I am so humbled that God would choose me to bear His Name and to share His love. God wants to use you to point people to Christ. You are His workmanship (Eph. 2:10) and He receives glory as you surrender to His agenda.

I am so thankful to Christ. He has consistently given me strength, considered me faithful, and appointed me into His service. God invites you into His story. What will be different in eternity because of your life on earth today?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Calling, God's Purpose, Spiritual Markers.
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June 23rd, 2012

Faithfulness to God’s Calling

“Thus was accomplished all the work of Solomon from the day the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was completed.” (2 Chronicles 8:16 ESV)

The most important calling on Solomon’s life had finally been completed. The temple of the Lord had been constructed and the Lord promised to keep His “eyes and (His) heart … there for all time” (1 Kings 9:3 ESV). The temple allowed for the indwelling presence of God among His people, and Solomon’s faithfulness to accomplish this work secured that reality.

Imagine, though, if Solomon had gotten distracted. Imagine if he decided that catching up on his latest TV show was more important than securing every detail as God declared for His holy house. Imagine if he had allowed his job as king to distract from his responsibility to build the house of the Lord.  Imagine if he was just too lazy to follow the command of God. Imagine what blessings Solomon would have cost his people if he had not faithfully brought his calling to completion.

What is the Lord calling you to build with your life? What are you doing to insure that you faithfully see it through to completion? What could your faithfulness in seeing this calling through bring about in the lives of the people around you, both in your physical family and your church family?

The calling of God upon our lives carries purpose.  He doesn’t randomly assign vain tasks in order for you to feel valuable.  No, His calling has greater purpose, so that every one of us who have been called to join His spiritual family must carefully consider the consequence of our unfaithfulness and the blessing of our perseverance.

What do you need to build today?

 

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 167: 1 Kings 9; 2 Chronicles 8)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category 2 Chronicles, Calling, Faithfulness.
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February 23rd, 2011

Divine Intervention

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.” 1 Timothy 1:12 (NIV)

Twenty-five years ago on February 23, 1986, I was involved in a Jet Ski accident through which God called me to preach. I was sixteen years old and a junior at Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. Just moments before that life-changing experience, my dream was to be an architect and build great buildings. God reoriented my life to focus on building lives for eternity.

Over these twenty-five years I have learned that God always develops your character to match His assignment. Ministry originates with God and He equips you to join Him in the redemptive process. Throughout the journey of ministry, you come to learn how to trust in God’s daily provision and to practice His Presence. God uses the terrain of the valleys and mountaintops to conform you into the image of Christ. Every interaction is a divine transaction. God is passionate in His pursuit of you and His desire for you to be on mission with Him.

God delights in using broken vessels to shine His light in a broken world. I am so humbled that God would choose me to bear His Name and to share His love. God wants to use you to point people to Christ. You are His workmanship (Eph. 2:10) and He receives glory as you surrender to His agenda.

I am so thankful to Christ. He has consistently given me strength, considered me faithful, and appointed me into His service. God invites you into His story. What will be different in eternity because of your life on earth today?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 am
Category Calling, God's Purpose, Spiritual Markers.
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