When God Calls Your Name
Life is not about whether you are rich, poor or in between. It’s not about having the latest fashion designer jeans, the latest or highest jumping shoes in the world. It’s not even whether you drive the latest car, have a boat or walk to work because you have none.
In fact life isn’t about you at all!
There is a saying that sums it all up, “We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given a life and it’s up to us to make it good or bad.” Or you can think of it this way, life is like that of the post turtle. You don’t know how you got there and have no way of getting off the post. What do you do? Being a military man I look at life in that you are either with me or you are against me
The most important thing in life is having a relationship with Jesus Christ. That means asking him to forgive your sins, submitting yourself to his lordship over your life and turning away from the life of sin.
It is then important to know what to do when God calls your name.
Throughout history we have stories about ordinary men who loved God and when God called their name they responded. It is not so much how they responded, but the fact that they responded.
First there was Noah. He was up in years loved God and taught his children to serve God. All his neighbors knew Noah loved God, yet when God called Noah to build a boat before the upcoming rain that was coming, his neighbors laughed as it had never rained like that before. Plus the boat Noah was told to build wasn’t a row boat. It wasn’t even a small fishing boat. I’m sure when Noah began gathering the wood and laying the foundation the neighbors took sport of Noah and made fun of him like crazy. It took quite a bit of time, but Noah and his sons worked making sure to follow Gods plans exactly. When the boat was ready the neighbors were probably still laughing as the animals came two by two, of every specie male and female into the boat. This boat was a huge one called the Ark. When the massive door was pulled up and closed sealing in Noah, his family and the animals his neighbors may have stopped laughing as the rains began. As the waters began to rise they may even have been pounding on the door begging to be let in.
There was Moses a man raised in the palace of the king and killed a man who was mistreating an Israelite. When God called his name, Moses responded with excuses as to why God should pick someone else. He said he stuttered and God called Aaron to speak in his place. When God used Moses to part the waters of the Red Sea, Aaron stood beside and held up his arms until the Israelites had crossed over on dry land. As Moses lowered his arms the sea came together and the entire army chasing them was drowned.
What about David, a shepherd boy, the youngest and the smallest who took food to his brothers on the battlefield. David saw the giant Goliath mocking the army of God. David stood before this giant and slew him with a single stone proving that with God all things are possible. God anointed David to be the future King over Israel.
There was Jonah, whom God had called to take God’s message of repentance to the people of Nineveh whom Jonah despised. He tried to run away from God and got swallowed up by a whale. He was in the belly of the whale for 3 days and 3 nights before he was spat up on dry land. Jonah did speak and many repented.
These are just a few stories that are relayed in the bible to teach us that obedience is better than sacrifice. God has a purpose for each of us. That purpose was determined before we were conceived. The evidence that we have a God-given purpose is by our birth and yes the unborn have a purpose.
The most important story is that of Jesus. It is what life is all about. Before the beginning of time God called out from heaven saying who shall I send and Jesus said, “Send me”.
God calls out to each of us and many do not recognize his voice, or they tend to think they are not qualified or worthy and wait for God to call someone else. But when trouble arises, they are among the first to call out for God to save them. Some are so deceived that they do not hear, and if they hear they do not wish to respond. Failing to respond is a response in itself.
Wars have been fought in the name of God. Many have killed with self-righteous abandon because someone felt called by God to administer punishment in his name. They have been deceived. God does not need anyone to carry out his punishment. God reserves vengeance unto himself and in his perfect timing he will display his power throughout the heavens and on the earth.
When God calls your name will you be ready? What if you are the only one? What if nobody stand beside you?
16 “NO MAN stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.
17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
2 Timothy 4:16-18
Serving God is our calling. Loving God with our whole heart, mind and soul is our command. Loving our neighbor as we love ourselves may be the hardest task we are given. Jesus said it’s the summation of all the law and the prophets.
We see something that we know is wrong and say somebody ought to do something about it and that is true. I say that you are that somebody. If it is within your power and ability, don’t walk past. Stop and fix it. Be that somebody and take time to make it right. – I am the Real Truckmaster!