Today is the day that the Lord has made. This is the day that we ought to rejoice and be glad in it. It s a day to pursue our calling. Let me quote this book of Jonah 1:1-5 ...and Jonah was fast asleep...
Let me show you the exact picture on what is happening in the church of God. Jonah, a man called by God is the man we have so often heard that he sought an alternative to do things on his own ways. God told him to go to the City of Nineveh and warn it against its evil deeds. He was to go and preach against the people of Nineveh for their sins.
Actually instead of obeying what the Lord God had told him, he sought for an alternative. He wanted to do that which seemed right in his sight. I have come to tell somebody that you got to obey what God has told you.
There is no better sacrifice than obedience! Look what happened to Jonah. He paid all expenses in another ship and started off to Tarshish. He is going to Tarshish. Nobody sent him there. It is his decision. It is an alternative for escape from God's presence.
But where can you hide from God's eyes? Jesus said, you are the salt of the world. But if the salt looses its flavor how can it be seasoned? It is then thrown outside and trampled by men. Jonah is trying to do exactly this. He brings trouble to those who were in the boat. While others are fighting for their lives, Jonah is fast asleep! He is in a deep sleep. He doesn't know what is happening. The winds are hitting harder. The boat sways from side to side. They are trying to ease the situation by throwing out valuable goods.
They either suffer and get a loss rather than loose their lives. All this is in vain. There is nothing showing up.They call for their gods, no answer.
Then, somehow the people are shocked by what they discover next. Someone is found sleeping. Yes fast asleep. He is innocent. Jonah is the man. He has to explain why he is sleeping while others are suffering. He's to say why he hasn't called his God to save them. Then to their surprise he tells them he is the cause of all the trouble in the sea!
The time has come for the church to awake from its deep sleep. The church is sleeping while people are suffering. The church is sleeping while the harvest is ready. The church is fast asleep while people are dying with diseases, dying in sin, dying in poverty, dying spiritually and more so physically!
Church, this is not the time to live comfortably. It is time to wake up and reach the unreached with the Gospel. It is time to arise to our destiny! It is time to refuse comfortability and do God's will. Let us not seek comfortability. Let's pursue our calling. We were not called to sleep or live comfortably. We are called for a mission. A mission to tell the world about God's Kingdom. Let's go back to the first love, and to the first call. This is God s will. In every obedience to God's voice, there is a promise or a blessing. Therefore, don't seek for an alternative to escape from God's presence but pursue your calling in obedience. May the Lord enlighten your eyes that you may understand what a great calling you have!
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God expects our all. There is no second choice. Delayed obedience, or partial obedience is disobedience. Thanks for your strong message. May the Lord continue to bless you as you answer His call for your life....Helen
My dear sweet Justus this is a powerful message which gets right to the heart of the matter. Rom.1 3--Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, (4) and declared to be the Son of God with POWER, according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead. (5) through whom we have received grace and APOSTLESHIP for OBEDIENCE to THE FAITH among ALL NATIONS for His name, (6) among whom YOU ALSO ARE THE CALLED OF JESUS CHRIST. Yes we must fulfill our calling! In His love, your mum, Sharon