And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste,
It is a great feeling to receive the call of God to any given work or mission. The idea of hearing from God and knowing that He hand-picked for a purpose is very special. But it is extremely difficult to get up and fulfill that ministry everyday. Sooner or later, you will discover that the call is not a feeling but a commitment. This was the task of Isaiah the prophet. Even though his ministry was rejected, his task was to get up every morning and do it anyway.
It’s usually very easy to get up everyday and do what God called you to when there is great response, but it is very difficult when you’re booed and marginalized. There is a pastor somewhere today who is laboring under a cloud of un-fruitfulness. A pastor’s wife who just can’t bear the thought of showing up on Sunday morning because of the isolation and judgment that sometimes come from the fact that she is the pastor’s wife. There is a group of volunteers in a church somewhere in the world who continue to labor tirelessly to the point of exhaustion, but still feel like all there efforts are but a drop of water in a bucket. They often wonder if it’s worth it to get up every day and do what they do.
I Say Yes!
The lives of countless millions hang in the balance – what are you going to do about it? There is someone out there who needs a cup of water, a visit to the ER, the prison. There is someone out there who needs a shirt on their back, a pair of flip flap on their feet- what are you going to do about it? People need The Lord. There are broken, battered, abused and confused people out in your neighborhood, people who desperately need The Lord. What are you doing about it? Speaking to Tim, Paul said,
Fulfill Your Ministry
“As for you, Preach the word, be ready in season and out of season, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Tim. 4:5
Paul said to Tim – “as for you” – Tim – there is a call on your life. I understand that there is a lot of indifference, apathy, rejection, rebellion, and sin all around you. I understand that the going gets tough sometimes – but “as for you” – Tim
preach the word
be ready in season and out of season
do the work of the evangelist
fulfill your ministry
Tune into the frequency where you can hear his voice. Step out by faith and find your voice and the way to express it. God sees you, and everything you do for the kingdom is never in vain. “As for you” – fulfill your ministry, whether it’s a call in the market place, as en executive – fulfill your ministry. as a writer, a musician, a politician or a pastor – fulfill your ministry.
Just Do It
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I appreciate how you included “musician” as a calling. It happens to be mine, and it often feels pointless. Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂
It usually looks like that to us, but not to Him and the people who would hear you. It matters to him and would to others if you simply use it for him and for his glory. I am sure you know that. So be encouraged!
Thanks, dear friend!
Not sure if you read my FB posts… But I’m going through it. The fire. Some as a refining of The Lord. Some by the beating down done by my mind and flesh. Some by the enemy.
Only the first of which I shall entertain. I love your post because it’s a reminder… Just do it.
That’s my mission.
Thanks for being there to encourage me in so many ways.
Oh my Lord – you can’t imagine how much you encourage me. Your story and testimony is incredible. I thank God for the journey we are on. I did not the FB post, I’ll go look for it. He who brought you in will also bring you out. Stay blessed!
This passage from Isaiah was the Word that God revealed to me when He called me to preach over 35 years ago. Very good message today Brother. Very needed to encourage God’s faithful servants.
Amazing! 35 years! Thanks for answering the call and for all you do for The Lord and his kingdom.
E-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t. My husband and I were in the ministry for many years, and I SO wish I had read this years ago. Now that I think about it, for those who believe, we are ALL in the ministry – forever. Thank you so much for sharing.
Thank you for adding value to the post by your comment… Thank you for all you continue to do for the glory of our Lord!
“…the call is not a feeling, but a commitment” Amen. A good post of encouragement and a ‘push’ 😉
I pray a blessed New Year to you.
Hey JC, good to hear from you. Happy New Year! Thanks for the awesome feedback .
Thank you for a spiritual boost in the arm this morning! True words! Blessings to you.
I am glad it was a blessing… Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.