Motivations to Call
My personal life was in crisis, I had no place to turn. I knew if things did not change, I would loose my family and my most likely the results of my actions would have a negative impact on my career. This was not the first time I had been at this junction in my life, the only difference was He had called me to preach the Gospel.
That’s where I found myself on the 3rd of March, 2001. There was no more playing, no more promises to straighten up and fly right. What He was asking me to do could only happen if I gave complete control of my life to Him. As I knelt on the floor of our associates pastor’s office, I sensed the lifting of a great burden from the sin that had saddled me for so many years. It was the first day of the rest of my life.
I wished it had been different. I hear of so many who gave their lives to the Lord at a young age and enjoyed great fellowship and fruitful lives because of that early commitment. While giving your life to Jesus does not preclude you from trials, when they come, you can give them all to Him and, with confidence, know He will help you through them.
Have you made a commitment to the Lord? If not, do it today.
Motivations to Call
by Os Hillman
…”Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Mark 10:49
Do you recall the circumstances when God first called you into relationship with Him? Were you in need of something? Were you in a crisis situation? Every day God calls someone into relationship with Him through different circumstances. More often than not, the circumstances relate to a need in their life that only God can meet.
Bartimaeus had the need to see again. He was a poor blind beggar, who had heard about Jesus and the miracles He had done. The crowds rebuked him for seeking Jesus, yet he continued to cry out. “Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’…Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus” (Mk. 10:48,50). That day, Bartimaeus saw for the first time. But more than that, he saw with spiritual eyes for the first time.
Each workday, we rub shoulders with someone who has not met this Jesus we know personally. God uses needs to draw us to Himself. What need has He placed in a coworker that only Christ can meet? Perhaps you are the instrument He wants to use to introduce that person to Himself. It requires availability and a willingness to look for people with needs, then point them to Christ to meet their needs. Pray for divine appointments today.