Summary: This outline looks at four calls from our Lord. One call to the lost and three calls to believers.
THE MASTER CALLETH FOR THEE
"…The Master is come and calleth for thee." John 11:28
I. THE CALL TO SALVATION!
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
The Call to Blind Bartimaeus:
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you." And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" The blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight." Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
Mark 10:46-52 (NKJV)
Bartimaeus sought healing for his physical blindness but Jesus rewarded his faith with both physical and spiritual sight.
The Call to Salvation is a Universal Call:
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
II. THE CALL TO WITNESS!
The Call to Witness is a Call to Begin Your Witnessing at Home!
Indeed to every Christian He says: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,” (Matthew 28:19) but a journey of any length begins at your doorstep! Don’t try to convince God you are interested in the lost around the world when you show no concern for your neighbor around the corner!
Consider Jesus’ instruction to the Healed Gadarene Demoniac:
“Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.’ And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.” Luke 8:38-39
III. THE CALL TO EMPOWERMENT!
Many preachers, teachers and church leaders endeavor to do the work of God in their own strength. This is a recipe for failure! Hearken to Paul’s message: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).
JESUS GIVES THIS INSTRUCTION…..
"Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." Luke 24:49
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8
The anointing power of the Holy Spirit is sent upon us to witness with power. It is not for personal edification. And it is not required to complete salvation...indeed it can only come to those who are already saved and seeking to serve Him more fully. It does not come to enable us to live righteously but instead comes only to those already separated from the world and unto God.
One reason many miss this enduing power is that they are so full of themselves there is little room for anything or anyone else! Rid yourself of yourself and then expect to be filled by the Holy Spirit and not until then. This heaven-sent power is not an emotional toy but an endowment for service. One anointing will not exclude the need for others as one rain does not exclude the need of rain at later times.
Empty yourself, be filled, and stay full through prayer and consecration. God will fill any size vessel, even a misshapen vessel, but it must be a clean vessel. Keep in mind that even a cracked pot will stay full if it stays under the fountain!
SUCH AN EMPOWERMENT WILL CAUSE GOD’S PEOPLE TO TAKE THE WORK OF GOD SERIOUSLY! BELOVED, IT IS WELL PAST TIME TO STOP "PLAYING CHURCH". IF ANY CHURCH LEADER IS NOT WILLING TO SET AN EXAMPLE BY PUTTING GOD FIRST IN THIER LIFE AND THOROUGHLY PREPARE THEIR HEAD AND THEIR HEART TO THE TASK TO WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN CALLED, THEY SHOULD RESIGN THEIR OFFICE UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY ARE WILLING TO DO SO!