Tue, August 30, 2016
Romans 1:1– Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God...
When God calls you to serve Him in some specific way, you know it. The calling becomes an inescapable burden in your soul. There are self-sent ministers who go without being called of God and without a message from God (II Sam. 18:19-32). And there are man-sent ministers who are put into the ministry by men (Acts 1:15-26). There are even false ministers who are messengers of Satan who are sent by him in the interests of his kingdom (II Cor. 11:13-15). But God’s ministers are “set apart” and called by Him for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. It involves being rejected by the world and bearing a very personal cross (John 15:19-20). There is no higher or holier or more difficult calling in life than serving in ministry, leading God’s people. Don’t run on your own. Don’t go because someone thinks it’s a good thing for you to do. Serve because the Holy Spirit has gripped your heart with a clear, undeniable call. If we all hear and respond to the Holy Spirit’s placement, Christ’s work will be accomplished on earth as it is in Heaven.
Wed, August 31, 2016
Jeremiah 1:5 – Before you were born I set you apart.
Jeremiah had a very difficult calling—to be the prophetic voice of truth to wayward Israel. He suffered for it. Jesus calls us to carry a personal cross. It can be very tough, but the hard times dig out within us a greater capacity for God and a deeper understanding of people—all leading to more effective ministry.
Thu, September 01, 2016
Mark 3:13 – Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to Him those He wanted, and they came to Him.
God’s call is sovereign, deliberate (John 13:18), selective and personal and for a specific purpose (Acts 13:2). Every person in the Body of Christ has a God-appointed place with a God-appointed function for a God-appointed purpose; and no one member should regard the function of any other member as unnecessary. Our church is strengthened when every person is contributing (Eph. 4:16). What is our purpose as we work together? We are to take the message of Jesus out to people everywhere (Mark 3:14b; Acts 8:12) and bear “lasting fruit” (John 15:16). Jesus is “calling you up on a mountainside” to give you a picture of the enormous scope of our mission and your place in it.
Fri, September 02, 2016
Exodus 3:10 – Come now and I will send you.
Before we go out to serve the Lord, we must come to Him. Fellowship and communion with Christ always take precedence over going out into service to Him. The effectiveness of our service flows from our relationship to Him. Association comes before representation. Those who want to live with effective ministry flowing out of their lives must keep coming in devotedness; “good speakers for God must be good hearers from God” and so “they must learn to be alone and stand still” (I Sam. 9:27). No matter what your arena of service may be, spend time alone with God to receive His anointing and the infilling of His Spirit. Only then can divine life move through you and into the people you serve.
Sat, September 03, 2016
Wait for God
Exodus 24:16b – For six days the cloud covered the mountain and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud.
“God took the initiative in calling Moses up into the mount away from a busy schedule and a demanding crowd. He took Moses through a long waiting period before He spoke His first word. Physical considerations were subordinated to the higher laws of the Spirit. This is tribulation to the body, which works patience. To hurry God is to find fault with Him.” God waits for us to wait for Him (Isaiah 30:18); and if we refocus and wait patiently, He guarantees His response. That waiting period is like a workshop in which God “employs a diversity of means to do within us a work of grace” and it just takes time. Consider the patience of Job. Wait for God. Listen for God. Sit before Him in silence and solitude. Get off the fast track and learn the discipline of waiting before God for His infilling, wisdom, correction, redirection, realignment, and prophetic word.