John 8:12-18 ~ “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life. …Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true. I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.’”
What would happen to us if Jesus failed to believe the truths concerning His life and being that God placed within Him? Where would we be now if He failed to believe where He came from ~ His Sonship and Sovereignty as Son of God and man? What significance would His life accomplish if He failed to believe where He was going ~ His calling and equipping as the One to show us the Father and His ways; His calling and equipping to be Savior King? Where would we be if Jesus failed to believe the things God placed within Him concerning Himself?
Jesus, our example for life abundant and full, knew the calling and equipping of God. All He did, He did in obedient faith, trusting the Father’s instruction, power, presence, and provision. Beloved, God calls us to do the same. Like with Jesus, God places within us clues to assure our hearts of His calling and equipping us: His Spirit bears witness with our own.
As His people, possessing the call of God made sure in our hearts, our walk of obedience to Him reveals that we are from Him, fully equipped and supplied by Him, just as it did for Jesus. If we believe and trust God, who calls, we know where we are from in our calling and equipping by God. Like Jesus, empowered by the faith He places within us, we must press forward in believing trust despite any opposition that may argue against the truth we possess.
Beloved, you have a call from God; He equips you for a purpose. God birthed you into this life for such a time as this. You know, at least in part, what that purpose is, for God sets it in your heart and mind. Have you fully received that call with the assurance that makes you able to stand as one knowing where you come from and where you are going? God places His assurance in the heart of His followers and brings light to the path before us.
Beloved, whatever work God calls you to, He inspires within you for an eternal purpose. All the works of God in us has an eternal purpose that forms the whole of His plan. Whether you are the next great evangelist, or the parent raising that one, your calling and equipping is vital to the Kingdom of God. God does not leave us clueless. He places within each of us the assurance of our coming from Him with full equipping to go forth and fulfill our purpose. All He requires of us is that we possess that assurance and walk forth into our equipping.
The flesh, the world, and the demonic would rob us of our testimony if possible, but our assurance in Christ steadies us to bear the fruit that proves the truth of our life. We can trust that He will prove our testimony concerning ourselves as His called and equipped servant by bringing all to pass in due season. The confirmation of the work of our hands revealing the truth of the calling and equipping of God is His voice, bearing testimony with our own.
Grasp hold of all the Lord places within you to inspire your path and light the way before you. Assurance of faith that knows who you are in Christ and His purpose for your life will hold you steady on course no matter what living in the world brings to your experience. Whether you stand on the podium with a captive audience, or are captive in a prison with an audience of one, your purpose in Christ remains. Go forth in fullness of faith that trusts God despite every opposing voice. Do the work for which the Lord calls you. He will reveal the truth of His calling and equipping you by the fruit born out of faithful service.