Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
I Heard You Call
No it was not me
Pastor Jerry was reading from
I Samuel 3:1-10, and John 1:43-51.
There are various type of
Callings.Often it is us calling on God
with our needs, and there is also a Calling from God for ministry.
The child Samuel heard God
calling but he thought it was the prophet Eli.
After three times, Eli
realized that the Lord was calling the boy.So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if
he calls you again, say, ‘Speak, Lord,
for your servant is listening.’”
grew and continued to listen and speak as God told him.He became one of the great Judges in Israel.
Reading from John 1:43-51 it was
Jesus calling his disciples, “Come and follow me.
COME AND SEE !!
ran and found Nathaniel, “Come and see,” said Philip, but Nathaniel questioned,
yet he came to see Jesus.
Jesus called him out and Nathaniel
asked, how do you know me?Jesus answered,
saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are
the king of Israel.”
Jesus said, “You believe,because I told you I saw you under the fig
tree. You will see greater things than that.”He
then added, “Very truly I tell you, youwill see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God
ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
to reach out and call more to follow and serve Him.
call is still going forth. Long before - - He has known
you and seen you with His divine eye. Even while you were in your mother’s
womb, He knew you.
The Call to
ministry is often a long process, with much study and certain rites to
Pastor told a
story of a time he was helping out at the prison by cleaning out a cell that was
vacant.On the wall was a Certificate of
Ordination, that had been purchased for $2.00.He reminisced how his ordination had cost him much time and money and
here he could have had a certificate for two dollars.(We all smiled.)
Pastor went on to say there
are legitimate on line college courses for a degree that will prepare one for
discern and listen to what God is calling us as individuals and as a
Hear the call; “Come and
of work in the church is up to the congregation.How important is it to take out the
trash?To greet people at the door?To sing in the choir?Keep humble and be willing to do what falls
to your hand to do.
What does a
call to ministry contain?There are many
directions one can go, all are good and the options are varied.
doing your best and serve with your witness.Be honest and keep a good humor and a clean
You are not
called to argue and find fault.
called to ask people to come and receive Jesus.