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Noah Lang

How do you know when God is calling you to be his or to do a particular service or ministry?

“One little boy describes it this way”, our pastor said, “It’s like fishing. You can’t see the fish or hear it, but you feel it tugging on your line.”

God’s call is like that.  When he’s calling, you may not see or hear anything new or different but you feel Him tugging on your heart.

— fritz
Related Post: “What’s My Calling” – June 27, 2010
Related Post: “Itchy” – January 11, 2012

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StaringEyes

The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you” — Galatians 3:11b (The Message)

I sought God for 30 years, requesting a vision or direction concerning some task I could do for him, something I could say, “Here, God, I have done this for you!”, when all along there was (and is) nothing I can do for God but worship him.

It was staring me in the face all along! Life can’t be lived by trying to do something for him but by accepting what he has done and continues to do for us and being grateful. He’s not looking for those who want to do great things, he is looking for those who will choose to love the greatest thing in the universe (Him), letting him express his love in and through us.

I think God doesn’t so much want us to do great things but, instead, do the right thing — to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with him.

— fritz
John 4:23
Micah 6:8

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Martha was upset over all the work she had to do, so she came and said, Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself, tell her to come and help me! — Luke 10:40

Three (3) times in the New Testament Jesus was accused of not caring. One was when Jesus visited in the home of friends.

One of the hosts, Mary, just sat there listening to Jesus while her sister, Martha, was doing all the work. Where was Jesus’ sense of fairness? Maybe Jesus liked Mary more than Martha! That just wasn’t right — if everyone did what Mary was doing nothing would get done!

Sometimes we feel burdened with responsibility while others seem to go scot-free.

This story points to the real reason why we do things for Jesus. Is it because someone has to do them and everyone should have to share the burden or is because we feel called to a particular area of service, even if no one else is, and we offer our service as a sacrifice trusting God knows, cares, and will meet my needs at the right time?

Related Post: “What’s My Calling” – June 27, 2010
— fritz

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“Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again …” – Judges 16

The biblical book of Judges has the story of Samson, the man who lost his strength when his hair was cut.

Of course, it was more than that. Most are familiar with the story — a man dedicated to the Lord before birth and called to service by God loses his strength through foolish choices, ending up blind in a foreign prison. Why such a sad tale of loss and regret? Samson was no role model but his story indicates something important.

Just as hair grows back with time, God’s purposes and call endures and returns — even after severe loss. The sacrifice of Christ still pays for all sin, God holds no grudges, and when call to service is given it endures if we let it. The apostle Paul put it this way,

“Looked at from the long-range perspective of God’s overall purpose … God’s gifts and God’s call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded. – Romans 11:29 (Message)

— fritz@langgang.com

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Two quick stories about Jesus with the same lesson:

The first, after feeding the multitude, Jesus sent his disciples ahead of him by boat but they ran into trouble. A terrible storm was sinking their boat when, to their shock, Jesus was walking past them on the water. Mark records that detail the others missed.

“…about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But they saw him” – Mark 6:48

The second story involved two lesser known disciples who encounter the risen Lord without recognizing him. They walked and talked but then

“[as] they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: … he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us” – Luke 24:28-29a

Without some sort of personal response it seems Jesus is quite content to pass right on by.

Don’t let him do that!

Blind Fanny Crosby put it this way in her famous hymn:

Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Refrain:
Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief,
Kneeling there in deep contrition;
Help my unbelief.

Refrain

Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.

Refrain

Thou the Spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee?
Whom in Heav’n but Thee?

Refrain.

– fritz@langgang.com

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And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: – Exodus 10:1

Many have pondered what choice a person has if God hardens their heart – as if the person was an innocent bystander unlucky enough to have been chosen.

But in our story none of these were innocent bystanders! They had made their choice, so why fault God for using them and even disposing of them as best suited his purpose?

An additional scripture may shine light here.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. – 2nd Timothy 2:20-21

Think of it this way.

In our homes we have various pots and dishes. Some, like fine China, are used for lovely purposes while others, like beat up bowls, are used for nasty needs.

The Bible says we can, actually, choose the kind of vessel we become! Jesus paid for our sins so we can become valuable for God’s holy purposes! If we choose to be a nasty vessel then we can’t complain if God uses us for a nasty purpose.

Pharoah chose to be a nasty vessel so God used him for a nasty purpose, but what’s your choice?

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for sending Jesus who paid for my sins on the cross so I can be a chosen vessel in your service!

Sound Bite: I choose Christ and Holy Living

– fritz@langgang.com

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For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ – Acts 13:47

Paul took a scripture from Isaiah 49:6 which clearly referred to the work of Christ, and He  proclaimed it was God’s calling to him, personally!

Can we do that? Yes!

Paul knew that those joined to Christ by faith are part of Christ in actuality.1

What belongs to us also now belongs Christ – our sins, griefs, shortcomings.2  Jesus embraced them and took them to his cross.  Likewise, what belongs to Christ is now ours3 – his payment for our sins, his resurrection, his fellowship with the Father, his anointing with the Holy Spirit, his seat on the throne.  This even includes his call to ministry.  Christ now lives his life through us (though not exclusively through any one of us); not just for our benefit but for those he came to save.4

– fritz
1 – 1st Corinthians 6:17, Ephesians 5:30
2 – 2nd Corinthians 5:21
3 – Romans 8:32, 1st Corinthians 3:22
4 – 1st John 4:17

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