So, as part of our week of prayer we’ve been considering and praying for our wellbeing…
And finally, today our Vocational Wellbeing.
What do I mean be that?
Vocare in Latin means call – it’s where we get the word, vocation … calling.
We all need purpose for living, a reason to get up in the morning.
Studies clearly show that a lack of sense of purpose has detrimental effects on people’s physical and mental wellbeing.
In the 2004 Olympics, the American rifle shooter Matt Emmons was one shot away from the gold medal. He aimed his rifle at a target 50 metres away and hit the bullseye. But the computer didn't register anything, and the judges were perplexed. Eventually they realised … he had hit a bullseye, but it was on the wrong target. Emmons finished 8th.
We need to make sure we're aiming at the right target, to find fulfilment in life!
What is your target?
What are you aiming at in life?
As a church, we’ve said for some time, we want to help people find and follow Jesus and there are various aspects of that:
Giving worship to God
Living like Jesus
Loving like Jesus
Serving like Jesus
Sharing about Jesus
All empowered by the Holy Spirit though Prayer:
How is your giving?
How is your living?
How is your loving?
How is your serving?
How is your sharing?
How is your praying?
As we read in Ephesians 2:10, “We are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
The difference between the fruit of the spirit and the gifts of the spirit, is that with the fruit of spirit we need to concentrate on our weakness (becoming more patient or self-controlled etc) and with the gifts of the spirit we need to concentrate on our strengths.
And we need to be serving with the gifts and personality that God has given us.
Four quick questions:
Experimentation - what can I do well?
Consultation - what do others see in me?
Revelation - what is God calling me to do right now?
Organisation – when is the best time for me to be doing what I need to do?
On this last one, recently I’ve noticed, (maybe it’s my age), that I’m least productive from 2-4pm. So, sometimes Pip and I pop out for a walk around then and I come back to things really refreshed. It’s a multiple win!
Four things about Elijah before we close:
He was doing what God called His to do, with the gifts God gave Him but additionally:
Elijah needed to persevere. In 1 Kings 19:4 he totally gave up, “Enough of this God, take my life!” but God got him back on track.
Elijah needed support – Elisha was the young man for the job. Partnership à greater productivity and makes things more fun!
Elijah did all he did, empowered by the Holy Spirit – 1 Kings 18:46, “The power of the Lord came on Elijah” and he outran the Kings chariot.
Elijah was rewarded by seeing Jesus for a while at the Transfiguration. We will be with Jesus forever in heaven!
So let’s keep persevering, keep supporting, keep praying and keep trusting God for the future, and one day hear those words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Thanks so much for being a part of our week of prayer. It’s a shame we weren’t able to meet in person, or have our official prayer walks, but we’ve battled on, so a big thank you to all those who’ve enabled it to happen.
Thanks to people like Dennis, Anne and the mission group and the Tuesday at 10 team for leading meetings. To Karl for all the graphics and Sarah and Karl for posting everything on the website and Facebook pages, and for Jonathan and Isaac for the video recording.
Also, I’ve found Dave Smith’s book on Wellbeing very helpful and can thoroughly recommend it.
Three final challenges:
If we’ve been prompted to make any changes in your life, why not tell a friend so they can be praying for us and asking us how we’re getting on. Set some goals and celebrate some victories.
Keep going with reading some of God’s word every day and doing what He says! Even if we miss a day … don’t give up… keep going!
A final prayer challenge that I know some people do already: How about praying for the people on your page of the prayer directory … feel free to do the pages either side of you if you have time!
When we get new 2021 directory, why not work through it a page a day. So, we can pray for everyone each month!
Looking forward to us being together virtually tomorrow for our Sunday morning service, and seeing the Home Group Leaders on zoom tomorrow afternoon.
God bless everyone …
And may 2021 be a year of increased wellbeing for us all, as we trust in Jesus, the Prince of Wellbeing!