Summary: God calls ordinary people to graetness.
Do you have a job? Is there some chore you’re expected to do regularly? What would happen if you didn’t do it or didn’t show up for work for a week or two? Do you think your boss would be happy? Do you think the person standing in for you would be happy doing your work as well as his or her own, possibly without any additional compensation?
The nation of Israel was obedient and disobedient to God at various times. God had given them a job description called the Torah. The religious leaders from early times wrote commentary after commentary and argument after argument until for the most part, they disregarded the word of God and followed the traditions and teachins of these commentators.
When Jesus came to lead them back into the light, these chosen people denied Him. Ultimately God gave the
gospel to all the people of the world including you and me. Have you been abdigating your calling? Are you following God; or are you one of those who thinks, "God
is O.K., but I’ll handle this or that situation on my own.
We’ve had a piano in our home for as long as I can remember. The children played in their youth, but it’s been silent for years. My wife dusts it off regularly. She displays family pictures and various trinkets she’s collected over the years on it. It really adds to the character of that room. A few weeks ago she told me that she polished the keys, yet the piano remained silent yet.
We hold our home Bible study in that room. One day a visitor came who just sat down at the piano, and brought that old piano back to life with her musical gift.
Many of us are like that old piano. We’re all clean and looking good on the outside, but not accomplishing our purpose in life. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would pour out His life for you and me (see 53:12), and we know He did. Paul also allowed himself to be used by God through trial and temptation (see 1Cor. 15:8-11). And the fact is, unless you’ve gone through something, you don’t have much of anything to share with others regarding God’s grace and mercy.
Many people willingly follow Christ whenHe offers rest, but are less than willing to become servants of all as He did (see Matt. 11:28-29). Christ calls those that are His to service, and those of you who want to effectively work in service to our loving God, will be willing not only to wash their friends feet, but will be willing to die a martyr’s death if it would result in one more soul being saved.
I. Peter calls out to us, as he did on the Day of Pentecost. He said, "The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all who are afar off,...(Acts 2:39). The church began with the 3000 which were saved on the Day of Pentecost, and I’m preaching the same message of salvation to you today. Jesus is the very Messiah spoken of by the prophets.
A. Christ calls out through family relationships. We are responsible for passing passing on a knowledge yearning for God to our children (see Prov. 22:6). And we are to love our mates as Christ loves His Church (see Eph. 5:22-6:4). If we train them to love God early