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Awaken to Your Calling in Christ By Lisa Kai

Have you ever felt a shift happening inside of you, that awakened something, and you couldn’t explain it or shake it off, but you knew  God was trying to get your attention? I believe God is trying to get our attention today because He has so much to say to His children if only we would listen. He has been beckoning His children to come home, rise up, and know our calling because He has plans and purposes that He wants to fulfill in us and through us.

As I was awakened from my slumber, it was like an alarm clock had gone off. I heard a trumpet sound, but I didn’t understand what it meant. All I knew was that I had been asking God what my next season would look like and that I was ready to do whatever  He wanted me to do. I wanted to make an impact with what God had given to my husband Mike and me, and our church. I was ready to work.

As I answered His call to lead the women’s ministry, I struggled with so many insecurities and fears that held me back from rising up. Have you ever been sick and tired of the fears and insecurities that battle inside of you that often hold you back from being fully who you were intended to be? I wanted to overcome these insecurities and fears, and it was a process and a journey that I was willing to take.

We often ask ourselves these questions: Is there more to life than what I am doing right now? What does my next season look like? What am I supposed to be doing with my life? Am I using the gifting that God has given me to make an impact while I am here on earth? How do I overcome the lies that I have believed for so long about myself and walk in the truth of who God says I AM? How do I become bold, fearless, brave, and walk-in Godfidence (God confidence) and not in my own confidence? How do I just be ME?!

Everyone has a story to tell. I love to hear these stories because they tell me so much more about who people are, where they came from, and where they are today. Our lives are like books whose chapters tell of the great things we’ve done and learned in this life,  along with the trials and regrets. That’s what makes a great book – it tells all.

I love sitting across from women, sipping my many Chai lattes with all soy, no water and foam, seven pumps of Chai, extra hot (women are so complicated when ordering their drinks), and hearing their stories. I love it because I love discovering how God rescued them, and celebrating what God has done in their lives. I have also sat across from women who have wanted to share their personal stories—struggles in their marriages, with their parents, siblings, children, or just with themselves. Every one of these women that I’ve met, young and old, have the same struggles. Their struggles are about finding out who they are, what they were created for, and how to overcome their insecurities.

Many women struggle with their identity and insecurities, and I believe that when we recognize our insecurities and expose them, we can be set free from them. I’ve learned over the years that I was tired of faking it. What I mean is, I would look confident as though I had it all together, when deep inside  I was struggling with confidence. When uncomfortable around certain kinds of people I compensated for my insecurities by faking my confidence, appearing as if I had it all together. I’m sure you don’t do that. Yeah right. It’s so funny that now, after having to learn how to overcome my insecurities, I can see them in other people. I can tell when someone is faking it with me. I can tell when they are struggling inside because they look a little uncomfortable,  or they try to ignore me or won’t even approach me. I get this a lot in church because I am the wife of the senior pastor, and that alone usually intimidates people. I remember approaching a woman named Evie. As I introduced myself to her, she seemed very uncomfortable as if she wanted to run away from me. She couldn’t really look me in the eye as we were chatting, and she kept touching her hair like she was nervous. Because I knew she was feeling intimidated, I tried my best to make her feel comfortable.

Women are so funny; we tend to compare ourselves and compete with one another without the other person knowing we’re doing it.  I wrote Perfectly You because I can totally relate to those who are dealing with insecurities and their identity. There are two parts to the book. Part One will tell you who I am and where I came from. Part Two will tell you how my journey began as I realized the lies I had believed about myself that caused me to be insecure and confused about my identity, and how I learned to manage those insecurities and overcome my fears.

My prayer is that every one of us will awaken from our sleep and realize our greatest potential lives inside of us. I don’t want anyone to miss out on what God is doing here on this earth. I want us to be a company of women who will forcefully advance His kingdom here on the earth. We will no longer sit on the sidelines and watch others do it. We are all called and chosen people of God with an assignment to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. We are all positioned. We just need to take those positions and rise up!

I often go back to this passage in the Bible in Romans 13:11-4 (MSG):

But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!

We often need a kick in the butt to keep rising up, and I have to admit, I need a kick in my butt because I can be lazy and unmotivated. I need women in my life to kick my butt, and my mentor and big sister Lisa Bevere does that for me all the time when I hear her deliver messages to thousands of women. She fails to give in to complacency or laziness; she is always dressed and ready for battle. She won’t give up on telling women that they need to rise up to everything God has for them. We need a slap here and there and a swift kick just to be shook up enough to realize we can’t fall asleep on our assignments. This same message is being spoken all over the world, and it’s the same message I preach now as well. I am a member of those throngs of women that will take the gospel message by force to all those who will hear.

You have to know that there is a calling and a destiny upon your life because you are God’s child, and you have been given everything that Jesus was given and more. Jesus said we can do all things in HIM, and He meant it. He left us a helper, the Holy Spirit, who will guide us and help us with everything we need to do here on the earth. We are not alone, and we all have assignments to complete. Let’s continue to encourage one another to finish the race that God has for us. Let’s not quit or disqualify ourselves from this race. Let’s stay awake and let’s allow God to put His finishing touches on us. My greatest desire is that you will understand who you are in Christ and that you will rise up to your full expression in Him because when you do, you will become all that Christ wants you to be, PERFECTLY YOU.

This article was extracted from issue 2 of Thrive Today! Magazine (Summer 2021). Learn how to get your copy of Thrive Magazine by visiting us here.