God loves you more than anybody does. God also has intentionally, specifically, and uniquely designed each and every one of you. Wanting us to be fulfilled, knowing what will fulfill us, and designing us specifically to do what will fulfill us, God “calls” us for several missions that will fulfill us.
One of the calls each of us receives through scripture is the spreading of God’s word and promises. In today’s scripture, Paul states the call of God is to preach the gospel. The call of the Great Commission.
I don’t take this literally to mean we all need to become preachers and teachers of the bible. What I believe Paul means by “the gospel,” is the reality of salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ. To preach it through our action, then to be able to speak it when the opening presents.
The one passion of Paul’s life was to proclaim the Gospel of God…the message of salvation. He welcomed heart-breaks, disillusionments, tribulation to show him his need for the Gospel…because these things also kept him in unmoved devotion to the Gospel of God. These adversities also were ripe times for others to be open to the peace and freedom the Gospel delivers.
Today, think about one person who you could tell about God’s promise of salvation and eternity…so many are in need of that news. Right their name down someplace. Pray for them, then tell a brother/sister to pray for them and you. Call that person and let them know they are important to you and you care about them. Behold what God can and will do in you, through you, and in them. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your perspective about the “Call” of God.
Dear Father God, I thank You for the life I now live by faith in Your Son who loved me so much He gave Himself up for me. Thank You, Lord. I pray Father that You fill me with the Holy Spirit which will give me the courage, strength, and wisdom to “preach the Gospel.” Thank you for leading me to those that need to hear the good news. I pray for discernment, wisdom, courage, and excitement to proclaim the great gift you have given me and have for them. I pray this in the name of the one who You sent to save me, Jesus Christ; And all the children of the world say – AMEN!
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel
1 Corinthians 1:17
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.