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Answering God’s Call

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“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” (Jonah 1:2)

This about God’s calling. Not all of us will give a good response when God call us to do something.  Often times we tend to run away and avoid from god’s calling with various reasons. Fulfilling God’s calling means should get out from our comfort zone and must be ready to experience difficult time included with all risks in it.

One day, because for some reasons I can’t attended an invitation from a social foundation. Then I ask my secretary to represent me and also on my behalf give a short speech in its event. What is her reaction? He was shocked and although she not significantly refuses but there is a tendency that she did not want to do what I asked. I knew from her eyes that she wanted to say,” if I could, I do not want to go there. Supposing that I could refuse this task” My secretary story is quite different with Jonah’s story. But both have the same point, trying to resisting the call of duty. My secretary was not running away from my order but let’s take a look to Jonah.

When God asked Jonah go to Nineveh, he refused and prepared to flee to Tarshish. But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. (Jonah 1:3.) Jonah thought, by fleeing to Tarshish it all matters will to be completed.  Escaping is obviously not an option. It will bring very severe consequences. And it’s true. Eventually disaster happens. Very severe storm occurred and the ship that boarded by Jonah nearly break up. Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. (Jonah 1:4) And we all know that the storm become calmer after Jonah was thrown to the sea. Finally, God provided a great fish to swallow him, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:17) Series of events that experienced by Jonah make him realize that he had no other choice except should be obedient to do God’s call.

The story of Jonah makes me contemplate. As a Christian, Should we experience suffering, distress or warning from God first and then we want to be obedient and faithfully doing His call? Running away from God’s call is not a way out! David said, ‘Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:7-10) We cannot run away from God presence. These verses clearly show us that wherever we go, God is there.

My daddy said, “Indeed, God’s calling is a very noble and grace for us. God call us not just because our own strength but He looking for the people who have willingness to get out from their comfort zone, willing to suffer, and ready to be formed as a means of His glory. It is an honor for us because God choose us to involve in the work of His Kingdom.”

When God call us, what is our reaction? What shall we say? Whether we are going to run away like Jonah and got rebuke from the Lord? Or we would say, “Dear God, Here I am. Strengthen and enable me to fulfill your calling. I am Yours. Grant me the readiness of heart to doing what you want to. Prepare me with Your way to going anywhere You want to.” My dear lovely friends, Are we ready? To meet God’s calling maybe not easy, maybe we will face very difficult situation, but we need to learn to be obedient to His call. God does not need our strength and greatness but all He need is our willingness, obedient and faith and He, Himself, will work through us. God reminds Jeremiah:” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 1:7-8)

When God call us, in fact, He will use us. He will work through us. God does not need the experts. What He need are people who have a heart that longs to love others, who joyfully fulfilling His call. Let’s Find our calling and do it the best we can. Amen.

And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:30)

Karina

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The Faithful Man

One night at a small church in Atlanta, Georgia, a man shared how he had become a Christian while in Sydney, Australia.

“I was at the street corner in Kings Cross,” the man began, “when I felt a tug on my sleeve. Turning, I found myself face to face with a street bum. Before I could say anything, the man simply asked me, ‘Mister, if you were to die tonight, where would you spend eternity?’ ” “That question troubled me over the next three weeks,” the man continued. “I had to find an answer, and I ended up giving my life to Christ.”

The pastor of the Atlanta church was amazed that a man on a street corner could have such an impact. But imagine his amazement when, three years later, another man came to his church and gave an almost identical testimony. He, too, had been at Kings Cross in Sydney when a derelict had pulled on his sleeve and then asked him, “If you were to die tonight, where would you spend eternity?” This second man, also haunted by the street bum’s question, eventually sought and found an answer in Jesus.

Shortly after hearing the second testimony, the pastor of that small church in Atlanta had to be in Sydney for a missions conference. On one of his nights off, he went to Kings Cross to see if he could find the man who had been mentioned at his church by two different people. Pausing on a street corner to look for someone like the street bum he’d heard about, he felt a tug at his jacket. He turned, and before the poor old man could say anything, the pastor blurted out, “I know what you’re going to ask me! You’re going to ask me if I were to die tonight, where would I spend eternity?”

The man was stunned. “How did you know that?” he inquired. The pastor told him the whole story. When he finished, the man started to cry. “Mister,” he said, “10 years ago I gave my life to Jesus, and I wanted to do something for Him. But a man like me can’t do much of anything. So I decided I would just hang out on this corner and ask people that simple question. I’ve been doing that for years, mister, but tonight is the first time Ever that I knew it did anybody any good.”

God calls us not to be successful, but to be faithful in following where He leads. We need to obey God even when we can’t see whether it does any good or makes a difference in someone else’s life. I encourage you to stay faithful to the Lord even when things don’t make sense and be sensitive to that still small voice because that is the Lord leading you to where He wants you to be.

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.(1Kings 19:11-12)

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The Ant And The Contact Lens

ant-and-contact-lensBrenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff.

In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope, and started up the face of that rock. Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda’s eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had

landed on the ledge, but it just wasn’t there. Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it.

When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.” She thought, “Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.”

Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, “Hey, you guys! Anybody lost a contact lens?” Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it.

          Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the   contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, “Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.”

I think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, “God, I don’t know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But if you want me to carry it, I will.” God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

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