There are moments when an opportunity pops up and it is not necessarily best for us to jump on board. When Paul was in Ephesus there was a position that was open. They wanted Paul to stay there to spend more time ministering.
He declined – someone else then filled the position at Ephesus. Is it possible we say yes to things because no one else is saying yes, but if we would just say no, a person would stand up? Some people hesitate. Some people don’t think they can do it. Some people are battling things in their minds with God’s calling.
Paul ended up going to Galatia and spent time helping to strengthen the disciples. A man named Apollos went to Ephesus and he filled the open position. “He spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately” and he spoke “boldly in the synagogue.” (v. 25-26 NIV). Because Paul said “no,” it made room for Apollos to step up and say “yes,” and that acceptance helped Apollos to grow and to even minister elsewhere. We aren’t always meant to say “yes.” Pray about it. Each person has a role to play in the Kingdom. You can’t do it all.
“When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined.” – Acts 18:29 [NIV]
After Samuel poured the oil over Saul’s head to anoint him as the Lord had instructed, something happened to Saul—he went missing. When they asked the Lord where he was, the Lord pointed out that he was “hiding among the baggage.” He was hiding. Other versions say he had “hidden himself among the supplies.” Either way you read it, this man who was head taller than everyone was found hiding.
We each have a calling upon our lives and there are moments when we want to hide. Perhaps you are hiding right now. Some people do not want to obey because it would require sacrifice. Some people do not feel qualified to do what God has called them to do in life. Some people are hiding because they believe they have a better plan. There are so many reasons people hide. Fear. Pride. The list is extensive.
Today is a great day to ask yourself if you are hiding, and if you are hiding, from what are you hiding? If God has called you to do something, He will give you everything you need to get it done. Today, get out of the baggage and rise to greater heights through Christ Jesus.
“So they asked the LORD, ‘Where is he?’ And the LORD replied, ‘He is hiding among the baggage.’ “– 1 Samuel 10:22 [NLT]
A big question stood out when I was reading Numbers 16 and the account of Korah’s greed. Does it seem insignificant to you? What a question for us to consider in life. Here Korah and others were aligned together with their selfishness fueling the way. God had given them great positions and blessed them well. All of this blessing was overlooked because they had eyes on Moses’ and Aaron’s calling. Why were they any different than these two men? Why could they not have the same honor? That’s what this group wanted to know. They questioned God’s judgment and were driven by greed.
In response to Korah’s great rebellion, Moses asks this question: “Does it seem insignificant to you…” Korah was chosen to serve the Lord in a way that required them to be near to the Lord. They had a very special position and yet they neglected to see the beauty of that calling upon their lives because they were too focused on Moses and Aaron. This hasn’t ended with Korah’s rebellion. It continues today. Did you ever find yourself looking around asking why God used someone it such a way while you were used so differently?
Remember something—we each have a special role to play in the Kingdom. God has designed us each to do great works through Him. Look at what God is doing in your life. Look at the special calling He has just for you. Does it seem insignificant to you? If it does, you aren’t serving the Lord; you’re serving yourself.
“Does it seem insignificant to you that the God of Israel has chosen you from among all the community of Israel to be near him so you can serve in the LORD’s Tabernacle and stand before the people to minister to them?” – Numbers 16:9 [NLT]
The Lord told Moses that He specifically chose Bezalel and personally appointed Oholiab as well. Specifically chosen. Personally appointed. Those descriptions fit us as well.
We each have a special calling on our lives—we each are specifically chosen. God has a plan for each individual and each plan is different. Two big problems we see today is either people who are trying to follow in the shoes of someone else and their life calling and people who have no intention of doing anything except what they set their minds to do in life.
Today I challenge you to seek God’s will for your life and to embrace your calling. God has personally, specifically chosen you for great things. There is no one else like you. Allow God to use you for His designed purpose and you will feel great peace and joy.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft! And I have personally appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be his assistant. Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make.’” – Exodus 31:1-6 [NLT]
We don’t often feel compelled to do things for God. Most people think that God is supposed to do something for them. How many people pray, Lord what can I do through You today? How many people pray, asking the Lord for things? There is most likely a big difference.
God doesn’t need us. God doesn’t need us to do anything for Him. We cannot help Him with things. But He does call us to do things in life. We shouldn’t think that these “things” we are called to do in life are optional. As a child of God, we should desire to do these things. We should be asking what we can do through Him, rather than delivering Him a grocery list type prayer every day.
In today’s verse, God tells Moses, “You must.” It did not mean that God couldn’t do things another way. It did not mean that Moses was being forced into anything. This was God’s calling on Moses’ life. This was God’s plan coming to play—how God could shine through Moses. Today, what “must” you do?
“Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” – Exodus 3:10 [NLT]
“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’”– Matthew 2:13-15 [NIV]
Joseph was told to “Get up” in 2:13 and we read a verse later, “So he got up.” We don’t read of excuses. We don’t read of Joseph doing anything else other than obeying the word of God. Again in verse 20, he is told to “Get up.” Once again in verse 21, it says, “He got up.” Again there is no discussion about Joseph making excuses or doing anything else other than obeying the word of God.
Joseph is a great example of a man who walked in faithful obedience. After a visit from an angel, he married Mary despite considering the possibility of sending her away quietly because of her pregnancy. Now we see him not once, but twice, relocating at the snap of a finger.
Is God calling you to “Get up”? Is God pointing you in a particular direction? If so, is your response to follow? Are you sitting and constructing a list of excuses and other alternatives? Are you dragging your feet? Today, consider what God is calling you to do right now. It might not be something simple or something welcomed—but perhaps there’s something God is working out within His big picture of life that we cannot grasp.
When Abraham sent his servant to seek out a wife for his son Isaac, the servant, a loyal man who relied on God throughout the mission, was met by Rebekah. The servant of Abraham prayed for God’s guidance with selecting a wife for Isaac, and included some signs to point to the woman who should be taken back to be Isaac’s wife. The signs pointed to Rebekah.
Now while reading Genesis 24, we see Rebekah providing a great example of one who is devoted.
- Energetic – When she was providing the servant & his camels with water, Rebekah “ran back to the well” (v. 20). She was full of energy as she aimed to serve this man—passionate to help another.
- Eager to serve – When it was time to provide water, she was ready to serve. She even offered the servant a place to stay for the night (v. 25). When it was time to set out to return to Isaac, she was ready.
- Embracing the call – When asked if she would go, she embraced this calling upon her life (v. 58)
- Exceeded expectations – The servant of Abraham prayed for particular signs to point to the woman who would be the wife of Isaac. Rebekah went beyond meeting those signs requested by the servant. Not only did she let down her jar and water the camels, but she went to the point that they “had enough to drink” (v. 19) to be satisfied. She also offered the servant a place to stay for the evening, as well as a food and shelter for the camels (v. 25).
When we look at God’s calling for our lives, are we energetic? Are we eager? Are we embracing the calling? Today, consider what God has called you to do in life. Think about these four areas. Do you still have passion for God’s calling? When we are energetic, eager, and embracing what God has called us to do, He will use us to serve His Kingdom—and we will exceed expectations as His vessels. When we allow ourselves to be His vessel, when it is all about Him, when the passion is there, we, like Rebekah, will be passionately seeking to serve the Lord with joy, ready for whatever He puts before us.