CHAPTER EI GHTEEN
Blessed Through Your Calling
1 Peter 3:8-12(RSV)
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind.
Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing.
For "He that would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile;
Let him turn away from evil and do right; let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil.
Blessed Through Your Calling
Let me call your attention toverse 9in the referenced scripture: "...
for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing."
The King James Version says that we have been called "to inherit a blessing." WhenHe saved us, God called us to inherit a blessing.There is a blessing that belongs especially to each of us. Scripture says that we have been called to inherit ablessing. There is a blessing with our name on it. If we are not careful, we will miss our blessing.Blessings do not come in generalities. We are not just generally blessed. Often we speak of blessings ingeneral terms; we just want to be generally blessed. But God does not always, and most often does not, blessus generally. We have been called. We have been called to inherit a blessing.Blessing must be defined according to individual purpose and divine directions. Not understanding thisconcept will cause us to be forever frustrated trying to be blessed like somebody else. We will be frustratedtrying to be successful like somebody else, thinking that we're not blessed when comparing our blessings withothers. Some parents are frustrated because their child is not as successful, by their definition, as theirneighbor's child, or as their best friend's child. We need to understand that the purpose for our children maynot be
purpose. God may have another purpose for each of our children that's different from that of ourneighbor's child.
What I s God's Purpose for You
We cannot talk about blessings without talking about individual purpose and Holy Ghost guidance. Thequestion then is, "What is God's purpose for you?" Whatever His purpose for you is, He has gifted youaccordingly. Therefore, if you discover your gift, you will discover your purpose and will be blessed. TheBible says that if God has saved you, He has spiritually gifted you.We should not confuse our spiritual gifts with our talents. We had our talents when we were born, but wedo not receive our spiritual gift(s) until we were born again. Some of us may have been talented athletes ortalented musicians, but when we were born again, God gifted us spiritually for a purpose and a task.Therefore, if we discover our gift(s), we will discover our purpose and we will be blessed.
The question arises, "What's keeping many of us from being blessed?" 1 Peter warns us to do good and notevil so we won't miss our blessing. The Lord loves righteousness and the Lord turns His face on evil. To beblessed, we must seek righteousness and avoid evil.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you"
(Matthew 6:33— KJV). Seek means to look for. Seek means not just to be good, but to look for good.We need to seek righteousness before we can obtain the blessing that has our name on it.