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Stepping Stones: The Call of God

Stepping Stones: The Call of God
January 13, 2011 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Thought

God loves you more than anybody does. God has intentionally, specifically, and uniquely designed each and every one of us. 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 in life that will fulfill us to the max.

One of the calls each of us receives is to spread God’s word and promises. In today’s scripture, Paul states the call of God is to preach the gospel. It is called The Great Commission.

I don’t take this literally to mean we all need to become verbal preachers and teachers of the Holy Bible. What I believe Paul means by “the gospel,” is living out the reality of salvation we have in our Lord Jesus Christ. To preach it through our action, to speak our personal testimony, and walk easily and eagerly when an opening is presented.

The one passion of Paul’s life was to proclaim the Gospel of God…the miraculous and awe-inspiring message of salvation. He welcomed heartbreak, disillusionment, and tribulation to show his need for the Gospel…because these adversities kept him in unshakeable devotion to the Gospel of God. They also provided ripe times for others to be exposed to the peace and freedom of the Gospel, so Paul keenly watched for these Gospel moments.

Today, think about one person whom you could tell about God’s promise of salvation and eternity…so many are in desperate need of that news. Write their name down someplace. Pray for them and 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. God has designed, prepared, and called you to this very specific task. The peace and fulfillment you will experience when you step into His calling is UNBELIEVABLE! Don’t let Satan cheat you from it.

Prayer
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 who 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 whom You sent to save me, Jesus Christ; And all God’s children say – AMEN!

The Truth
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.”
Matthew 28:18-20

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.
John 12:32

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