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The human condition has not changed since the days of Adam. All of us have seen days when we felt we would have been better off just staying in bed. The whole day seemed a waste of time and energy and instead of increasing the value of things in life; all we did was spend more than we earned and waste what we could little afford to give away. But, since we knew nothing else to do but try and try again, when the time came to go again the next day, back down that same rut we would travel.
Among the first 12 men that Jesus chose it must be noted that none were of the educated elite, though we know that many who fall into this category would later be called. It is often harder to reach most people who have been indoctrinated in the schools of man. Luke and Paul would be two examples of God’s ability to reach into heart of those who through their educational background had learned to try to think through everything logically and only accept that which could be explained through natural means. They had to learn that following Jesus meant releasing faith; not logical reasoning.
In every instance, the call of Jesus upon the lives of his disciples meant an instant and lifelong change in what they were to do with their lives. The Bible teaches that the call of God upon a man or woman must always cause us to make a change in what we are doing with our lives. That’s what repentance is all about. It doesn’t always mean that we have to change our profession, leave a job and just trust God for our daily sustenance. Yes, we must always trust God for what we need every day, but we must also be about doing what we can in our own power to provide for ourselves.
Not all of us are called to be in full time ministry; and even some of us who are called to be in full time ministry, cannot expect to make it through life by only taking from the church and never doing anything to give back. The vast majority of full time pastors and evangelists must also have secondary sources of income in order to pay their bills and be a blessing and not a burden to the work of the Lord. God never promised us that being ministers meant living a life of semi-retirement. In fact, God called us to do a work for him, not to sit or play for him.
Sometimes the hardest thing for us to do, as disciples of Christ, is to just learn to trust God to take us where he wants us to go. We are too accustomed to doing our own thing that it’s hard to just say, “Okay, God, where next? What is my next step? Where do I go from here?” But that’s exactly the place that we must come to in life if we are going to truly be a disciple of Christ.
Every decision must be based upon God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Ghost and not upon our own understanding. It is when we make decision based upon our own feelings, or our own understanding, that we often miss the will of God and find ourselves far from where God intends for us to be.
We can’t always walk by the dictates of our own conscience because the Bible tells us that our conscience can’t always be depended upon to be working correctly. In these last days, there are many who fit the description found in 1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron. This isn’t just talking about people in the
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