“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9
I feel like that is the verse of the day.
Wow! I had to reread it again and again taking each word one word at a time. It soaks into you like moisture into a wilting plant. This verse is back in Joshua and Joshua was the successor to Moses. Moses had been told to lead the Children of Israel to the Promise Land. But Moses never made it in. Neither did very many of his peers. He saw it, but he never went in. Did he fail? Did he faint at the task? God took Moses up to look at the Promise Land but had told him in Deuteronomy that he would not go in. Could you wait? Could you or I stop before reaching a big goal like that if God asked you to? Could you hand the task off to another? Moses was a prophet so powerful, so respected and so revered by the Israelites that they said there was none other who had come before him greater. Wow! He had led millions of people to freedom from slavery. This is a very strong minister with a huge ministry. Now God is telling his successor to take up the cause and go forward without fear. Wow.
God past the gavel to Joshua.
“And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.” Deuteronomy 34:9
Let’s look at, Paul, another minister, and his strong words.
“Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.” 2 Timothy 2:7-9
Here we see Paul writing to Timothy, his successor, and he said, I have suffered because of my gospel. Paul claimed this revelation as “HIS gospel”. It was his ministry, his task.
How could he say that? Jesus Christ WAS raised from the dead by God.
How could Paul come along and call it HIS gospel?
He could call it his, because God calls MEN and WOMEN to His work. God calls individuals. He never calls organizations or committees. He never calls churches, or schools. He calls people. When God calls it’s up to us to make our calling, our ministry, our job OUR OWN. That’s why Paul could say it was “his gospel”. He’d been the one to spread the Word over all of Asia in 2 years. He was the one moving his legs, arms, body, tongue and mouth to do God’s will. He was not a machine. He made a choice. Just as God asked Joshua to have no fear, to be strong, and to be of a good courage, Paul did as well. Paul made that ministry his own.
So how are we called? Does God still do this sort of thing?
Oh yes. God is very much alive, and VERY much doing BIG things in the lives of those He called. But how do you know that it’s you?
Well, it happened when you were born. No not born in the flesh as a baby, but born-again of God’s Spirit. That calling happened the day you believed.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved, for with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
The moment that proceedure took place you were born-again. For me it happened when I was 5 years old. It was my sweet mother who helped me along.
But Terri, how do we know we are “called out” because of believing this one little thing? I mean Terri, I thought the called out ones were ministers like Paul, Moses and Joshua. Who am I?
Oh, but you could never be, just little ol’ you now.
You, my friend, are called out.
Look at Ephesians, a love letter to you from God.
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Ephesians 4:1-7
Wowzah! One calling, one spirit, one bond of peace. WOW! That word called in the Greek is the word, kaleō. It means to invite. God handed out one invitation to all of us when He handed out salvation. We are called to a work, to a greater work than that of normal living. IF that is so what is our ministry?
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
We have all been called to walk worthy and we have all been given a ministry. It is the same ministry Jesus Christ had. He calls it the ministry of reconciliation. Oh sure, we can get hung up on titles and opinions of men and women, but this is our “Calling”. And in my opinion there is no greater calling.
Can we know where that calling is?
Sure!! Look around you! Are there hurting hearts? Are there people burdened by the world’s deceitful lies? Are there people needing healing, prayer and a direction in the daily world you live in? So many people get caught up thinking that old trick of the…
Have, Do, Be.
Here’s what I mean.
Once I HAVE my ministry, then I’ll DO big things for God, and then I’ll BE called out as His minister. But it doesn’t work that way. You have to change that around. You need to be willing to do for God right now, in your daily life. He called you. He asked for you. He believes and empowered you! And God never regrets the gifts He gives. I’ll leave you with one last thing.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
What kind of life could we live if we believed this? I mean really believed it to the bottom of our core? Today is your day to shine in the gospel you’ve been given. So be strong, be of a good courage, God is with you withersoever thou goest!
God bless you today!