Accepting the Call... In HisWord 8-25-14

How do we know when to accept a call for help and when it is not the will of God for us?
We all know the story of Moses; raised as an Egyptian, found out he was Hebrew, killed a taskmaster and was banished for it only to return with a big triumphant roll for God!

Moses was talking to the burning bush on a mountain; God was in the bush and asked him to, no called on him, to be the messenger to his people who were living in bondage calling out to God for help.  Moses felt incapable of the task yet; Moses answered the call and the world as we know it has never been the same.

Jesus was hanging out at a wedding with his friends when his mother Mary called him over to inform him that the wedding wine was empty and being as the family was close to them it was up to him to help out. He asked his mother “Woman what do you want from me?”  when she asked him to help. Mary knew fair well what she was asking for and she knew Him as more than just her son.

The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” 
“Dear woman, that is not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 
But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Standing near by were si stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled said,  Now dip some out and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. John 2:1-8

Jesus answered the call to help.

He then went on to call each of us to repentance.

I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” Luke 5:32

Have you been given a call today and yet you are afraid to accept it because of the work it will detail?  Maybe you know that if you answer the call to preach you will have to go back to school to study the Bible more intensely? Or maybe you think if you accept the call to begin praying daily interceding for those in need that you will have to get up at 2:30 every night to pray for someone to be able to sleep the night? 
Maybe you are the one God called to bring food to the family who is housing an extra family so that they can get things organized and set up to survive on their own?

Think about it this way, if you do not accept the call who will?
As I study the Word of God I have noticed that God called the person whom He had planned to do something, and when He did no one else would do.
In many cases the person did not feel they could do the task, and yet  as with Esther going before the king taking her own life and those of the Hebrew people; she stepped out in faith believing that she had to do the thing God was prompting her to do.

What I am trying to get across is this; God will not call you if He is not ready to make you qualified to do the task at hand. God will not call you if it is not your time.
Jesus turned the water into wine; even though he ‘as’ man, thought it was not yet his time. 
Moses was afraid he could not speak to Pharaoh and yet even after the children of Israel were getting ready to leave God sent him back again to tell him to let the people leave.  He stood up to a powerful human because God was on his side.

“But I can’t do that, I am dumb, I am lame, I am poor; I can’t answer a call of God to speak, to teach or to pray for someone else! What do I know? Who am I?”

You are a child of the most High GOD! 
You are ‘the called’ and all things will work together for the good of the Lord for those who are called according to His purpose.
If God gave it to you He as your rear guard has got your back! He will give you the funds, the food, the words, the scriptures to share with others in order to complete the task He has given you.
So, what are you waiting for? Step out !
Step out in faith:  Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

Step out in hope: For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.  Philippians 1:20

Step out in trust: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not in your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6

Step out in your calling for God has you covered. He knows the plans he has for you! For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Jeremiah 29:11-14
Let each of us choose to trust Him to bring to us only the things He has planned, and let us pray for the wisdom to know what is of God and what is of man. With God there will be peace.
Dear heavenly Father, direct our paths today and give us the words, the food, the clothing to do what you have given us, thank you for choosing each of us today, in Jesus name, amen.

Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:1-40 Jeremiah 291-32, Philippians 1:1-30, Proverbs 3:5-8