- Let us never forget that the greatest thing we can do for God or for man is to pray.
- Intercession is service…unlike all other forms of service and superior to them in this: it has fewer limitations. In all other service, we are constantly limited by space, bodily strength, equipment, material obstacles and difficulties involved with differences of personality. Prayer knows no such limits…S.D. Gordon
- Prayer is partnership with God’s activities on earth…Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- The greatest need is prayer. Without increasing the number of Christian workers or their financial support, we could see multiplied results if we would only multiply prayer…Wesley Duwell
- One way of laying down our lives is by praying for somebody. In prayer I am saying “my life for yours.” My time, my energy, my thought, my concern, my faith—here they are, for you…Elizabeth Elliott
- Praying takes personal time, energy and determination. No other personal commitment has been so hard to carry out.
- Prayer is asking God to align you with His will rather than asking Him to be aligned with yours.
- Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed…E.M. Bounds
- Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts…Mother Teresa
- I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day….Abraham Lincoln
During my marriage to my pastor husband, I have kept scrapbooks of our many years in ministry. Looking through the scrapbooks tonight I came across the pages from when my husband retired as pastor. (This was his first retirement. He came out of retirement twice – once to serve with me as worship pastors, once to be an interim pastor for a local church.)
Part of the ceremony of that day included a bulletin summarizing some of his work. Looking at the bulletin, I found his “Top Ten Sayings.”
Thought perhaps some might find them interesting. Some are a little amusing but many contain a truth to consider.
- Say “no” to sin and “yes” to God.
- Eternity is too long to be wrong.
- What part of “thou shalt not” did you not understand?
- You have a right to be wrong if you want to.
- There is more to serving God than 11 am on Sunday morning.
- Emotion without devotion is just commotion.
- Serving God is walking straight after you repent.
- I never saw a U-Haul behind a hearse.
- If you want something out of church, put something in.
- It is not what Grandma told you, what you think or what you saw that is the truth, but what “thus says the Lord.”
As followers of Jesus Christ, we sometimes hear people speak about receiving a call from God. Some are very certain they have received a call from God for a certain ministry or a certain job or even a certain place to live.
In the Bible we read of several dramatic calls of God.
There was Moses and the burning bush.
Little Samuel who heard the voice of God calling him in the night.
And the very dramatic call of Saul who was persecuting the church but became the Apostle Paul after his encounter with Jesus.
Yet, for many who follow Jesus there has been no dramatic call, no definite word from God as to the vocation they should pursue. For those who feel they have never had a definite moment when they sensed God leading them into an area of ministry, they sometimes feel as if they are second-class Christians, not as spiritual as those who have felt a definite “call of God.”
There is clearly nothing wrong with those who have a clear “calling” from God. But whether you ever have that “burning bush” moment, whether you ever know without a doubt what God has called you to do, you can rest assured God has called you.
Called you to what?
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. 1 Peter 2:9
Peter tells us that we have been called to be a priest. When we think about the duties of a priest, we must remember that Peter was writing this at a time before organized religion with its priesthood. He would be thinking of the priesthood as defined in the Old Testament. This subject, I confess, is beyond my own training and knowledge but looking at the Levitical priesthood and comparing that to our being priests I saw these similarities:
- In order to be a priest you had to belong to a certain family. You had to be a descendent of their first priest Aaron. As someone called to priestly work today, we also have to belong to a certain family. And by belief in Jesus Christ, we do,
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13
- Great emphasis was put on the Old Testament priest to be “holy.” They could not come into the temple to administer the sacrifices without proper cleansing. There would many rules about how they had to live and even dress. So God has called us to live a pure life as we serve Him.
So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 1 Peter 1:14-15
- Function of the priests were to serve both God and man. This is what we all are called to do, regardless of whether we feel we have received a “special calling.”
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:12-14
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Romans 12:1
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58
I think these scriptures show us that whether we are a secretary, a fireman, a teacher, a doctor, a nurse, a stay-at-home mom, whatever we are – we have a calling from God.
- Serve others
- Whatever your job, give it your very best as to the Lord
- Live a life that is worthy of the name “Christian”