RON WITBECK: Is God calling us?

By Ron Witbeck

Associate Pastor, Resurrection Life Church

In our world today, we can feel we are being drawn in several different directions all at the same time. Television, magazines, social media, friends and family all have access to our thought process and have the ability to draw us off course.

God has given each of us different talents and skills. Now He may be calling us to use them, but because in the flesh we may feel inadequate, we can tend to ignore God’s call.

We may use excuses of our family history, or we could say we’ve been down too many bad roads, and think no one will listen to us. Stop right there … you have a story to tell that could help someone else, someone who may be considering suicide, or someone who may be thinking of causing harm to others. Or maybe you could just be there to walk alongside someone who feels no one else cares.

We don’t have to be a pastor or a deacon. God uses people just like you — remember that God does not show partiality!

Some may think they don’t qualify. Let’s look at some of the people God has called: God called Rahab, the harlot at Jericho, to save the Israelite spies; He used a shepherd boy to kill a giant and to become a King! Just look at the disciples Jesus called with their different, questionable backgrounds. After the beating of Jesus, He was forced to carry his own cross and God provided Simon of Cyrene to help to bear the load.

Then we can look at a young man named Saul who persecuted the new Christians. Jesus knocked him off of his horse, changed his name to Paul and used him in the writing of two-thirds of the New Testament of the Bible. There were many women who stepped up also, like Esther, Ruth, and the one virgin named Mary who said yes to God’s will and bore a Son by the power of the Holy Spirit. His Name was Jesus! All of these and many more could have said ‘who me?’

Let’s take a look at God’s word in Psalm 139:13-16: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day has passed.”

Then if we look at a young prophet named Jeremiah, in the Book of Jeremiah 1:4-8: “The LORD gave me a message. He said, ‘I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.’ ‘O Sovereign LORD,’ I said, ‘I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!’ ‘Don’t say that,’ the Lord replied, ‘for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken!'”

Jesus answered His call and through Him God has provided the way of drawing us closer to Himself. He also saves us from ourselves, and with the personal sacrifice of Jesus, we experience a Love that cannot be measured. We are given the Holy Spirit, who fills us, counsels us, and will guide us with Godly intercession!

God is calling us all in this dark and troubled world to use our God-given talents and skills to be a light on the hill!

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