The Greatest Call from God

We want God to call us to something great.
So, which is it? What is the greatest call from God?

Sometimes God will ask you to leave places, positions, and people. Though, the onlookers seeing from the outside in, may disqualify you by counting your absence, your decision, your “no” as unfaithful.

Except they didn’t hear God when He asked you to follow Him. They cannot see how you’ve sought hard after Him in the secret place. There was no one around when you served in the shadows.

Only God can count you faithful or not, because only He knows what you had to give-up in order to be. Living for Him to call you faithful is the difference between being a God-pleaser and a people-pleaser.

Because the importance of the work isn’t determined by the number who see it.

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What if God is calling you to bloom in the dark? What if He is asking you to be content with an obedience that only He sees? And what if He is promising only more of Him as the reward for your obedience?

Is more of God really enough?

And what if you desperately want your answer to be yes, making God your greatest pursuit because He is your everything?


During this Lenten season where people may choose to give up personal indulgences, it wouldn’t be so bad of an idea for me to give up coffee, dessert, or media. Yet, God isn’t asking me to give up more things, but to give up more of me.

“…Perhaps what God calls us to give up, really, is ourselves. The paltry offerings we prefer to give up, while they feel challenging, are perhaps less pleasing because we fail to give up the one thing that stands between us and Christ. Ourselves. Only when we have given up our own ambitions and desires, from that death to self, can we be used to produce much for His kingdom.”Kris Camealy, Holey, Wholly, Holy

I went away for a personal retreat as a gift from my husband. It was not much more than twenty-four hours, but the work God did in my heart — eternal.

God revealed my sin, unveiling parts of me are standing between God and my full surrender. He was gentle, as I’ve always known Him to be. It’s the kindness of God that leads us to repentance. There must be less of us in order for there to be more of Christ. There’s pain in the cutting away of ourselves, because no one can give up their own desires without inward bleeding.

And my sin? I labor for the Kingdom of God, yet I still desire my own glory.

And it’s time to get over myself. None of this Kingdom work is about me and my plan. It’s always been about God and His plan. The lie is that these things — accolades, promotion, fame, success — will satisfy my soul. The truth is they never will. Only God Himself can fill and settle a soul.

He is calling me to seek Him. To know Him. To press in. To run hard after Him. And He’s saying all the while, to the degree I seek Him will be the degree that I see His greatness in my life.

Not to the degree I work.
Not to the degree I perform.
Not to the degree I strive.
Not to the degree I succeed.
Not to the degree I’m known.

To the degree I seek to know Him.

God has called us all to greatness, yet we have to allow God define what greatness is. Sometimes, all times, God calls us to Himself.

What call could be greater?

  • Fivehearts Onefamily

    This is touching because I have been struggling through this myself. I have basically dealt with it by avoiding God. Yeah, that’s not working out so hot for me.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      I know what you mean. I’ve got quite an escape route myself. But, He always bids us to come and is gentle, loving and faithful to complete the work He began.

  • http://beckykeife.blogspot.com/ Becky Keife

    Thank you for this. Your words are timely and God is using them in my heart, too. Yes, I want to lay me down so I can seek him fully. That IS indeed where the greatness of this life lies.

    God isn’t asking me to give up more things, but to give up more of me.
    – See more at: http://www.alifesurrendered.com/#sthash.8iE6URHy.dpuf

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Becky,

      After nearly 20 years of serving God, I am just beginning to understand what Paul meant when he said he counts all he’s had to give up as rubbish compared to knowing Christ. We settle so often for the lesser, don’t we?

  • HisFireFly

    and what greater call can there be but to be called to Him?

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      None other.

  • Caryn Jenkins Christensen

    Oh yes. Raising my hand and saying, I too fall into this trap far too often.
    Thank you for THIS, so beautifully expressed from the Lord himself through your pen:

    “…to the degree I seek Him will be the degree that I see His greatness in my life.
    Not to the degree I work.
    Not to the degree I perform.
    Not to the degree I strive.
    Not to the degree I succeed.
    Not to the degree I’m known.

    To the degree I seek to know Him.”

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Caryn,

      I’m still learning, but the more that I choose to Him, the more I see how great is the reward, because the reward is Him. He adds everything else we need, when we truly make our pursuit of Him the greatest.

  • Kathy Schwanke

    I just had this vision this morning: As we decrease, allowing Him greater access to our laid-down lives, His glory already inside of becomes greater. I think the nearer we are to Him and His holiness, the lower we bow, and yet. There in His presence, where we would fear this holy, great and mighty One, we find a love that is so astonishing we are consumed by it. And I pray, “only eyes for you Lord! Be my vision.”

    What a gift your husband gave you, may you bask in the afterglow of your retreat!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Kathy,

      This is such a powerful and profound vision in so many ways. To think He has made us His holy habitation is sometimes more than can fathom.

  • SimplySaidMom

    Michele-Lyn, your words are inspiring and encouraging today! I feel the weight of something big, like large, meaty hands resting on my shoulders. God is pulling, or pushing, I can’t tell yet, me in a self-sacrificing way. I’ve never really observed the Lenten season, yet this year something feels different. A restless feeling has been raging, maybe an answer is coming? Thank you for sharing your heart with us today!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Thank you for sharing a bit of your story. I love to hear how He is stirring you. May He reveal Himself to you in greater measure than you have ever known!

  • http://www.cravingsonline.net Carey Bailey

    Oh yes!!! I love how God takes the same idols and casts them out uniquely. Praying with you as we choose God’s ways over our human ways.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Carey,

      He does work with us uniquely and individually, as well as collectively. It’s amazing to see how very different and how much the same we really are. Many times the roots are very similar — fear and pride seem to be most often at the core of most of our struggles. I am thankful God has promised to complete the work He began in us! And we don’t have to journey alone. :)

  • Meredith Bernard

    And…you’ve done it again. Given me a lot to think about today. I can honestly say I’ve never “observed” lent. Not in the way of giving something up. And you are spot on. What could I give up that would be any better than more of myself, to let more of Him in? Nothing. I’m with you. I want more of Him and less of me. I am not even really sure how to get there, but I’m with you to work to that end. Blessings today.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Meredith,

      You’ve been such an encouragement to me. Thank you! I’ve never actually observed Lent myself. I think of Lent as a cycle we live over and over in our walk with Christ, always living for there to be less of me and more of Him. He is faithful to do the work in us.