Consider Him 5

Today we will continue our series of post on “Consider Him”.  Today I want to look at the thought “Consider Him in His Calling”.  I have heard all of my life that a certain person has “missed their calling”.  It has even been said about me also.  Some think I have missed my calling to be a cook (I am no chef for sure).

Well, I can honestly say that I have not missed my calling to be a cook.  Back in 1990 there came a call in a Church service at the Dry Pond Regular Baptist Church in Ballard, WV.  When that calling came I went to the altar and surrendered.  It has not been easy, for sure.  I would not trade my calling to the ministry the Lord has entrusted to me for nothing.

What about you?  What has the Lord called you to do?  You might try to tell me that you have been called to nothing.  I know better.  We have all been called to something.  Our response to God’s call is vitally important.  When we hear the call we need to respond immediately.  Maybe you hear the words of Matthew 4:19, “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Why don’t we just get together and start walking down the path that we have been called to walk?  We have the promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  We have good and godly friends to help us along the way.  We have the Bible to guide and comfort us.  We have been given the Holy Spirit of the Living God to speak to us and minister the Word to us.  Let’s get on the road for Jesus, whatever that may mean.

So, how are you doing?

Do You See What I See?

Saturday I was afforded the opportunity to participate in one of my favorite pass times.  No, I was not eating.  I took my cousin’s 1950 John Deere tractor out for the first ride this year.  Some guys ride Harley’s.  Some guys ride BMW’s.  I ride a big green machine that will squash those to gravel sized pieces.

While riding I noticed that my sunglasses were beginning to get covered in bugs.  Yes, a tractor will go fast enough to make bugs splatter on your sunglasses if you do not have a cab on the tractor.  When I finally noticed this I thought about Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. ”

If my sunglasses had gotten so covered in bugs then my vision would have been so hampered that I would have had to stop and clean them off.  Then I began to think.  Dangerous territory, I know.  My mind went to the spiritual side of life.  What about vision when it relates to our spiritual life?  We just saw what God’s Word says about those who do not have vision.  They “perish”.

What vision do you have?  I don’t mean a light at the end of the tunnel kind of garbage.  I mean real vision.  What has God put into your heart to accomplish?  What have you done about it.  I know one thing.  God impressed something on me so large that I cannot accomplish it myself so I will rely upon Him and seek counsel from His men that have done what He is asking me to do before.  What is your vision?  Run with it.

So, how are you doing?

A Bridge to Monday 2

Let’s take a look at our next installment of “A Bridge to Monday”.  One thing that should motivate us greatly is the call of Jesus to each one of us.  We are called to be many things.

The man thing I would like to focus on today is our call to take the Gospel to the world.  Look at Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  Truth be known this is a command more than a call.  Jesus has called us all to reach out to others and share with them the truth about salvation.  So many people are confused today and want to do things their own way and that will not work in God’s economy.

There is nothing more precious to God than the soul of a man.  Yet, we let countless people go by each day and never tell them about what Jesus has done for them.  People want what we have; Christian, and we need to share it with them.

So, how are you doing?

Don’t Let Your Dreams Die

Every one of us have some dream or aspiration that one day we hope to achieve.  I know that dreams and vision are probably different; but, for the purpose of this post let’s use them interchangeably.

I still remember the day that it came home to me that I would probably never play baseball with our son and the big shocker for me was that I will never officiate his wedding.  This was a huge one for me being a Pastor.  You talk about the wind being knocked out of your sail.

I was thinking about the Apostle Paul.  Look at Acts 16:9-10, “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.  And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.”  Here God gives him a vision to go to Macedonia and he is called there by a man.  He immediately made preparation to go.  There was no hesitation on his part.  He just went.

When Paul arrived he realized that he was there all because of a lady named Lydia from the city of Thyatira.  You might say, “No biggie.”  My point here is that God gave Paul a vision and he went without reservation.  Yet, when he arrived things had changed somewhat.  Paul did not let the dream or vision die.  He kept on doing what God had called him to do.

So, how are you doing?

 

 

He Is Calling Your Name

There were times in life that when I was in trouble that I did not love my mother’s appearing.  The Word of God tells us that one day Jesus will appear and take His children back to Heaven with Him.  On this day we will love His appearing.  He will; so to speak, call our names and we who are alive at that moment will be caught up to meet Him.

The sad reality of this is that those who do not know Jesus as Saviour will not meet Him here.  When someone dies without Jesus they go to a real place called hell for eternity.  They will be joined by millions upon millions; yet, they will be alone for eternity separated from Jesus.  The One who died in their place for their sin will not be in their presence any longer for eternity.

You see, Jesus has called everyone’s name asking them to trust Him as Saviour.  Some have responded to Him for salvation.  Sadly, others have rejected Him.  There was a man named Zacchaeus who heard Jesus call his name one day and he was never the same again.  Look at Luke 19:5, “And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.”  Will you answer Him and be saved.  I pray that you will and soon.

So, how are you doing?

What Is Your Motivation? Day 1

While watching Max Lucado’s video series “Hermie and Friends” I was caught by a line.  In the episode I am remembering all the bugs are getting ready for a Christmas play and the parts are being handed out.  The ladybug is given her part and she asks, “What is my motivation?”  Well, that line has stuck with me a bur under my saddle.  I cannot get rid of it, so I decided to develop it.

First of all the call of Jesus Christ is my motivation.  What has He called you to do?  Some would say that they have not been called.  In Jeremiah 1:5 God called Jeremiah to be a prophet.  Not everyone can be the Pastor or Deacon.  We can be faithful in other areas like Church attendance, Bible reading and many other things.

What has God called you to do?  You might say, “Nothing.”  Well that is not true.  God has called each one of us to a specific role in His kingdom.  He might have called you to be a person of prayer.  We need people to pray fervently for a long list of issues.  I beg you to pray for me and my family.

Maybe God has called you to be a student of His Word.  We need people that will diligently study God’s Word and stand up and give intelligent answers to those who see no authority in the Scriptures.

Maybe God has called you to tell others about Him and salvation.  I know from the Scriptures that everyone who knows Christ as their Saviour are called to this.  So, let’s get to it.  We can take a glance at the world and see that we are failing miserably at this call.  May God help us to win the lost to Him.

Stop and think about what motivates you to do what you do.  There are many powerful motivators out there; but, Jesus Christ trumps them all.

So, how are you doing?