Friday, March 6, 2009

The Call of God & the Crisis of Belief

When God invites you to be involved with Him in His work, He wants to reveal Himself to you and to a watching world. Therefore, He will call you to a God-sized assignment. When you are confronted with such an assignment, you will face a crisis of belief. You have to decide what you really believe about this God you serve:
  • Will I go to this person and witness to them?
  • Will I lead the public prayer?
  • Will I lead this ministry or not?
  • Will I quit my job and enter full-time vocational ministry?
  • Will I just play it safe from the side lines for the rest of my life?

Actions speak louder than words. When called, or invited, what you do next reveals what you really believe about God. Following God will require faith and action on your part. In fact, faith without action is not faith at all. Obedience is what reveals faith.

When I felt God was calling me into full time ministry, the day came when I had to make a decision – remain at Westinghouse or leave. I stepped out of the boat.

When I accepted that God wanted me to be a church planter, I had to make a decision; I could machine gun my résumé to hundreds of churches hoping one would respond and just give me a job, or I could just risk everything and start from scratch.

God is interested in the world knowing Him. The only way that people will know what God is like is when they see Him at work in YOUR LIFE. This is why God calls us and sets us apart – so that we can be a demonstration of His provision, His kindness, and His faithfulness to come through.

This is why God chooses to work through you. People know you. They know what you can do. But when they see things happen that can only be explained by God’s involvement, they will come to know Him.

God is calling you to a God-sized assignment. Whatever it is, it is beyond where you are right now. Your assignment is to be a demonstration of His handiwork in the process of carrying out that assignment.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6).

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