Posts Tagged ‘calling’

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4, NRSV)

We have been buried with Christ and raised with Christ, so we can not think about earthly things but must cast our thoughts to heavenly things.

We must think about the tings that God has for us and follow after them. So do not worry about earthly things but focus on where God is calling you!

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-22, NRSV)

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

Would you leave everything behind and follow someone on a new strange adventure?

Well and it is more than following…

YOu see Jesus actually does not invite these brothers on a new adventure…

Jesus says to them dueto opiso mue.

Jesus actually says opiso mue later in the gospel of Matthew in chapter 16, where He says to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Get Behind Me!

Jesus says to the brothers, “Now Get behind me!” It is am imperative, a command! He is telling them to get their perspective correct.

It is not a come along with me, but a follow me where I will lead. If you can not see the back of my head, then please rearrange your life, so you are following me…

Jesus is asking you to get your perspective correct as well…

Can you see Jesus?

Or do you need a change of perspective?

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” ’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. (1 Samuel 3:1-9, NRSV)

Have you ever had a conversation with someone, and you get done with a long explanation of a problem, and you ask them their thoughts, and you wait…

and wait…

and wait…

and finally ask them, “Did you hear me?”

And their answer is, “Huh?!?”

I wonder how many times God has done that to us…

God says He loves us and tells us all the wonderful things He has planned, and then He asks us what we think, and waits…

and waits…

and waits…

and when we finally hear Him, we say, “what was that again?”

Or “I wish God would make my life and choices clearer!!!”

We miss the forest for the trees! we get so hung up in our life, our way, we miss the calling of our wonderful creator and miss the wonderful life He has for us!

So listen! Because God is calling you to a wonderful life, and He is speaking to you!

Are you, His servant, listening?

The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest. He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!” The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah (Psalm 50:1-6 ESV)

God is calling and summoning all of the world from the rising of the sun to its setting…

God does not keep silent, He is calling us to Him. He is a devouring fire and will judge the world.

He is calling us to Him. Can you hear Him?

Are you ready to listen and follow where He is leading?

The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus replied, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?’ The Jews answered, ‘It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.’ Jesus answered, ‘Is it not written in your law, “I said, you are gods”? If those to whom the word of God came were called “gods”—and the scripture cannot be annulled—can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, “I am God’s Son”? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands. He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. Many came to him, and they were saying, ‘John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.’ And many believed in him there. (John 10:31-42 NRSV)

How many of you have ever been charged with blasphemy?

OK we really don’t charge for blasphemy in the church, but how many of you have been held to a standard of what you have said or done is just out of line with what the church has taught?

You see the Jews wanted to kill Jesus not because He was good but because He was teaching them something that was against what they knew to be good and right. Even though what He was teaching them was in the scriptures!

How many of you go to a worship gathering where the pipe organ is used? Do you know that now if you try to have worship with some other means of musical accompaniment that it is considered blasphemy in some congregations? Did you also know that when the organ was introduced to worship settings it was the instrument of the devil and should not be used in worship?

Also how many of you go to a place of worship that has a woman pastor? This was blasphemy in many places until just recently and still to this day is not acceptable in some denominations…

We are really hung up on the “we have never done it that way” that we miss the forest for the trees.

We are suppose to be followers of Christ. Not followers of the way we have always done it. So listen to wheat He is calling you to do and do it!

 

“Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord: “I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.” And Moses trembled and did not dare to look. Then the Lord said to him, “Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.” (Acts 7:30-34 ESV)

I wish it was always that clear. Now I can say I am not sure exactly what I would do if I saw a bush on fire and got closer and it started to speak to me… I have to admit I would probably scream like a little girl (no offense meant) and run away…

But wouldn’t it be great if God’s call to each of us was this clear. I mean He lays it out there for Moses. There is no question what God is going to do and what He is asking Moses to do. But maybe it is that clear.

Maybe we just do not want to go or be where God is leading us to be. Maybe we do not think God would ever go where we feel He is leading us so we know our feelings have to be wrong. We all know God has never surprised anyone in the past… (if you think this is a serious statement please read Jonah, and the gospels where it speaks of the Pharisees)

Maybe God is very clear in what He is asking us to do but we are not willing to go and do what He has told us to. Like. Defiant 5 year old, we know what is best and will not do what our parent has told us to do. We know what is best and have more knowledge than the one who is advising us in this situation. (again if the dripping sarcasm does not get you see Gideon in the Bible and how he had to keep asking God to prove that He was actually asking him to do what He was asking)

So clean out your heart and mind and follow where He calls you to go. Not where you want to go or where you think He wants where to go, but where He is calling. His calling is clear most of the time if we are willing to listen and follow…

20121229-100120.jpgDavid assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, the officials of the tribes, the officers of the divisions that served the king, the commanders of thousands, the commanders of hundreds, the stewards of all the property and livestock of the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the mighty men and all the seasoned warriors. Then King David rose to his feet and said: “Hear me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of our God, and I made preparations for building. But God said to me, “You may not build a house for my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood.” Yet the Lord God of Israel chose me from all my father’s house to be king over Israel forever. For he chose Judah as leader, and in the house of Judah my father’s house, and among my father’s sons he took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel. And of all my sons (for the Lord has given me many sons) he has chosen Solomon my son to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. He said to me, “It is Solomon your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he continues strong in keeping my commandments and my rules, as he is today.” Now therefore in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord , and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you forever. “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. Be careful now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.” (1 Chronicles 28:1-10 ESV)

Wouldn’t it be great to get the clear cut answer to “what am I suppose to do” with build the temple…

You see David wanted to build the house of God, but he was told no because he was a man of war. So one of his many sons got to sit on the throne after him and complete what David wanted to do.

You see David could have built the house of God but he knew it was not his calling. He knew someone else had to do this. We can all learn something from this. We all have something to do. We may know what it is and we may not, but we all have been called and gifted to do a part in God’s mission. We can also learn from David not building the house of God that it is ok to say no, or not do something.

When we aways say yes, we sometimes could take away from someone else something that they can do better than us and something they have been gifted for. Do not feel bad about saying you can not do something. We have all been gifted to do what we are called to do and we need to work together as one body, the body of Christ!