Ignoring Jesus? We’ve all done it. No matter how much we pray or repent, everybody has had the feeling that we are not meeting Jesus’s expectations. Unfortunately, some people are still ignoring his call. As a Christian, its our job to spread the word about the Gospel to the people who lack knowledge about it. We get many warnings in the Bible about the consequences of ignoring Jesus when he calls us to do our calling.
If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.
“The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.”
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
We have all moaned and groaned during an assignment Jesus called us to do because we don’t understand why we have to do it. Sometimes we even ask him, Why me? He might assign us to do a job we don’t like. He might assign us to help our enemies. He might assign us to turn down opportunities that’s appealing to our eyes. Doing what Jesus wants is not always an easy task and that’s why we should be thankful we serve a forgiving Father; for we will fail some assignments. When you ignore the calling Jesus has for you, you are just hindering your advancement from growth. You are putting a halt in being fruitful. You are being disobedient to your Father. You are performing a sin. If you’re not sure what’s your calling or if Jesus hasn’t spoken to you about it, seek him to show you the work you’re called to do.
I was once the hardheaded type that ignored Jesus for certain assignments. I would question why it had to be me or I would tell myself “I’m just not ready.” Jesus will never stop giving you signs. He will show you the steps to take. If it wasn’t for me being obedient, I wouldn’t have started my website. You wouldn’t be reading this blog and I wouldn’t be a writer.
Jesus gave me three revelations before I decided to write my upcoming book, The Power of Spiritual Fruit. When I first decided to become an author, my focus was writing urban fiction novels. That was it. I wasn’t interested in writing about other topics. (If you would have told me I would be writing a motivational book about Jesus a few years ago, I probably would have laughed). Urban fiction was my niche and it was a genre I felt particularly happy writing about. The feeling lasted for about three years and I suddenly noticed I wasn’t happy anymore. I would sit in front of my computer and think of a plot to write, but nothing came out. My fingers would not move. I cried because I know this was more than just a case of writer’s block. Something serious was happening to me and I didn’t know why or what was going on. Around the time my writing mental changed. I recently had decided to devote my life to Christ and stick this relationship out once and for all. I always knew Christ, but I didn’t let him use me like I should. I was not the faithful servant I was supposed to be. It was time to stop playing games. I was ready to surrender all and accept the life Christ wants for me.
I made this life decision before the mixed feelings of my writing occurred. Things were happening in my life that I did not approve of and I knew it was time to change before it was too late. The enemy had control over my life for too long and I was tired. I was tired mentally, physically, and I was dead spiritually.
My life took a turn on October 12, 2014. My cousin Tedra Tyson called and invited me to church. I accepted the invitation and she picked me up. The experience I gained that night is not something I can explain in words. Jesus literally moved me and told me it was time to do my calling. Of course my reaction was fear and I broke down crying, but I knew it was time. I didn’t quite understand what the “calling” was, but I prayed for the answer.
And of course the tests of faith came as well as the answer: I was not supposed to write just urban fiction novels. It was time to take it up a notch.
I would often ask myself: Why can’t I write the way I use to?
Because I was not the writer I used to be.
When I accepted Jesus as my Personal Savoir, he changed me which changed my way of thinking.
All three revelations happened on a Sunday that made me accept Jesus’s calling for me.
I got a call early in the morning from another author who had an idea about writing a Christian self-help book. I turned down the offer at first, but told her I would think about it.
I went to my home church to fellowship that morning. Afterwards, the youth director came up to me and asked me to be the speaker for the graduation ceremony next year. I asked Jesus, “Why me? I am not the best candidate for this. I’m not ready.”
Then I thought: I have to be available to Jesus whether if I feel like I’m ready or not. I looked at the youth director with a smile and agreed to do the speech.
Later that evening, my cousin Tedra called to see if I wanted to go to church. My body was so tired, but I managed to get a nap and I got up feeling rejuvenated. We worshiped like crazy that night and the sermon was exactly what I needed to hear. After church, a worship leader I barely knew by the name of Tana Doughty came up to me and gave me some encouraging words. She told me my calling was to be a writer, but I was ignoring Jesus when it was time to “stir up my gift.” Jesus was trying to take me to higher places.
Tana told me it was time to write the motivational book I was supposed to write. After she finished speaking, I started crying. She didn’t know about my other two revelations.
The next day, I bought a journal and I started writing my thoughts to get me prepared for this wonderful journey. It was scary to leave everything that I once knew, but I gained so much more when I did it. My first faith-based book, “The Power of Spiritual Fruit” will be released this year. I thank Jesus for not giving up on me. I thank him for giving my steps in order to serve my calling. I really hope this blesses someone to do the same. Don’t ignore your calling. Jesus has wonderful things he has assigned you to do.