I read a great post from Rev. Shane Bishop this evening. He titled it “22 and 1/2 Things I have Learned in 22 and 1/2 Years (in one place)“. Bishop goes on to list the Twenty-Two and a Half Things he’s learned.
The very first thing on his list was “Remember your call If God called you, you can’t quit.” It struck me how profound that first thing on his list was. When we gather for fellowship at New Wesleyan, we often talk about the things God has called us to do. As I mentioned in my comment on Bishop’s post, I’m not alone in the belief that when God calls us to do something, it’s a commandment, not a request.
Matthew 4:19-20 Common English Bible (CEB)
19 “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” 20 Right away, they left their nets and followed him.
In the Talk “Priesthood of all Believers,” given at every Walk to Emmaus, we learn that we are all called to be Priests. No, that doesn’t mean we have to don a white collar and take a vow of celibacy. But we are called into ministry. That call comes in many forms. It could be a call into full time ministry as a pastor, or as an evangelist, or to lead a food panty ministry. God’s call comes in many, many forms.
Has God called you to ministry? That call comes for all believers. If you haven’t heard it, you haven’t been listening, or possibly you are in denial about what your heart is telling you.
Many of us don’t listen on the first call from God, we kind of turn on our own internal busy signal. But, God will never give up on you, and we must never give up on God. Take the time to listen, that voice in your head that’s telling you to take action in ministry isn’t a psychotic episode, it’s God telling you what he needs you to do.
You came to our site, you have read what I wrote, hopefully you will respond with reflection and then go and carry out Gods plan.
Come – Hear- Respond and Go