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As requested by a number of you, herewith a few books that I strongly recommend.

The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Home DAILY DEVOTIONS Daily Devotions Do you feel a call on your life?
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Written by Grant Nuss   
Thursday, 23 February 2017 13:14

1 Corinthians 1:26; “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.”

"God's call on your life isn't to make you number one in the world's eyes but to make Him number one in your life" (Ravi Zacharias). Possibly the most asked questions I receive are, “how do I know what God is calling me to do with my life”, and, “when do I know when I am called, and how can I confirm the call”? Through Scripture it is apparent that God's call is not solely based on our gifts, our talents, or our intellect, but on His ability to work in and through us. Let’s consider the call of Elisha the plowman in 1 Kings 19:19-21, where Elijah throws his cloak around him as a symbol of his (Elijah’s) ministry being passed on to Elisha. As we read the text, Elisha is not confused as to what Elijah is doing as, the putting on of his mantle made his election clear. As someone once said; "God's call has the power to transform a plowman into a prophet, a shepherd into a triumphant king, a fisherman into a world changer, a persecutor into a preacher, a carpenter into a saviour”, a managing-director into a church-planter, and you (whatever it is that you do), into His call on your life. Most of all though, God calls us to serve where we are, to love God, love others, obey Him, and take care of others. Like Abraham, Moses and a number of other biblical heroes, some of us are called to specific tasks which may result in an encounter with Him in a dream, or a vision which is normally accompanied by chapter and verse. Whatever the case though, Jesus teaches that our priorities must change when God calls us. If He is to use us, we need to listen to His voice and leave behind anything that would distract us from total obedience to Him. For many of us it’s people who pull us down spiritually, but, for all of us, it’s our idols whatever they are. Do you believe that God is calling you in a particular direction? Jeremiah 17:9 helps us in that regard saying that, if we do, we need to examine our heart and motivation. Why? Because often it may well be a personal desire of our own, a matter of pride, or even an attempt to live up to someone else’s expectation of us. Here’s where the rubber meets the road though: every follower of Christ has a calling from God, and Paul, in his second letter to the church in Corinth, tells us what that is, that we are to be the fragrance of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:15) no matter where we serve or what we do. The call is to keep moving forward, serving and glorifying Him. So, although some of us might be called in more prophetic ways, most often our calling will require us to step out in faith. But before you step-out though, regardless of the way God chooses to reveal Himself or “speak” to you today, remember a few things: firstly, He will never contradict His Word and His call will always bring glory to Him, not you. Secondly, God can also call through other believers, His creation (Romans 1:20), through music (2 Chronicles 20:21), our circumstances, His Spirit, and, through prayer. When God calls, His main aim is to use you and me for His Kingdom and His glory, and, in order for that to happen, we need to get out of the way. We need to rid ourselves of all that is keeping us from giving God priority. So, where to now for you in this context? Irrespective of your answer, may you keep moving forward, even if your step is not quite in the right direction, because God is faithful to guide you, and calls you to trust Him. In closing, you might be one of those who will refuse to move until you hear a booming voice from heaven, encounter a burning bush, or get blinded by the light among others. You are not alone on this one. Most people are waiting for something similar. Let me break it to you gently, that may never happen to you. But know that, as a follower of Christ, you have been called to be where God has placed you currently, so keep serving and glorifying Him to the absolute best of your ability.


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