Holding Ears and Not Listening to God's leading

Podcast Quick Insight – Your Calling: Not Called, or Not Willing?

“’Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help.

“Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face -whose mercy you have professed to obey- and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.”

– William Booth,
founder of The Salvation Army

If you love the Lord and have claimed Jesus Christ as your savior, you are called.

So many Christians think “the calling” is this big thing where we hear the voice of the Lord telling us to be an evangelist, or a pastor, or a missionary. We think it is reserved for the extra holy who are willing to sell everything and move to another country or state or live below their means as the pastor of a fledgling church. Well, if you think that, then sorry, but you are wrong.

The call is for ALL who believe in Jesus.
Your calling will look way different than my calling because God created it that way! If we were all called to be overseas missionaries, who would be here loving our neighbors and co-workers? If we were all called to be pastors of mega churches, who would be the volunteers that greeted people at the door? If we were all called to be an evangelist, who would be the ones praying in the background?

YOU are valuable.
Get it? You are valuable, every single one of us play a vital role in the Kingdom of God. With that said, we are all called to bring people to Christ in our sphere of influence. It is not the pastor’s job to bring the gospel to your neighbors or co-workers, that’s your job. And, before I get stoned as being a heretic, let me interject here that it is the Holy Spirit who will ultimately bring all to Christ! It is not our job to save people, but it is our job to share it, whether we ever get to talk to someone or not. Our lives should be louder than our mouths when sharing the gospel; when living out this Christ life, we should be loving people with our actions and not badgering them with our words. Is there a time and a place for words, absolutely! The Bible says that hearing the Word will bring people to faith in God (Romans 10:14-17). But, our lives need to be the loudest in sharing the gospel. We should be living out Christ’s love daily with every ounce of our being.

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Music in this episode was contributed by Kevin Macleod.

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