I can tell you all about my calling to be a preacher. I first felt the call when I was about 16, sitting in a chair at Camp Wesley Pines, talking to Bro. Curtis Lott. I was a “CIT” a Councilor in Training, one of the youth that was a helper at Camp. Something happened in a worship service, and there was this feeling that I couldn’t explain where I knew that I felt like God was calling me to something.
But I didn’t know what.
So, I moved on, until a few years later, after struggling with what it was that I felt like I was supposed to do with my life, until sitting on a rocking chair at the old Gulf Side Baptist Assembly, reading through Romans, and I just knew that I was called to this. The only thing that would give me purpose in life was ministry. So, at that point I surrendered to ministry. By the way this should show you how messed up I am, the two “moments” of my calling took place, one at a Methodist camp, two at a Baptist camp!
Listen to what happens today in Acts 1:1-3:
Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Paul and Barnabas had a calling from God. I have been called by God to ministry.
And so have you. Yes. You read that right. You have a calling.
If you are a baptized believe, then you are called. Every baptized believer is called to something. Has some purpose for God. Has some thing that the are called to do for the kingdom.
And it may be preaching. But it may not be. It may be becoming a teacher. Or nurse. Or lawyer. Or ditchdigger. I don’t know. But I know this.
If you are a baptized believer, then n matter where you find yourself, you are called to take the Good News with you. You are called to be Salt and Light. You are called to bring grace. You are called to make a difference.
No matter where you are. You are called. You are.
And there is something today, that only you can do.
Be faithful. Show grace. Forgive. Give mercy. Live. Love. Serve.
You are called to great things. Great things. Be faithful. God will show you. He will.
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