Saturday, December 29, 2018

Heeding the Call




Becoming fishers of men is a spiritual calling we must embrace as Christians.  With such a calling we’ll be awarded the crowns of saints.  These are the gifts by which we can rally unbelievers for Christ.  In having the right spirit – one with timeless principles, is a call from God.  But this faith comes gradually.  Thomas Aquinas (12251274), an Italian Dominican friar and Catholic priest said, “We can’t have full knowledge all at once.  We must start by believing; then afterward we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.”  It takes time to develop this gift.  However we’ve to apply ourselves to be consistent, and watchful in bearing good fruit. 

God’s Initiative

Euripides (480 BC406 BC), a tragedian of classical Athens wrote, “Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.”  With persistence we’ll be able to have a bird’s eye view about what God wants us to do.  As Christians we’ll be able to energize our churches through faith.  It’s the Holy Spirit who anoints us to carry on his work.  With enlightenment we become steadfast in reaching out to men, women, and children.  These are the pathways when we’re called to be faithful.  The Holy Spirit guides us, and brings unbelievers into his fold.

Our Mission

As believers we’ve a mission to serve humanity by being quick to listen, and be guided by the Holy Spirit.  George Bernard Shaw (18561950), an Irish playwright said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”  Christians love the food which proceeds from the mouth of God.  By this gift they have fervor, and walk in the Spirit.  In Christ they spread the Gospel by becoming spirit-filled evangelists.

Service to Others

Ramakrishna (18361886), an Indian mystic wrote, “God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man.  So serve man as God.  That is as good as worshiping God.”  With such service comes fulfillment.  Believers must remember to be people-oriented, and treat others with respect.  With God’s joy let us show happiness when we reach out to the poor in spirit.  We’ll have a spirit of unity with Jesus Christ.  By loving God’s people we’ll have a religious awakening.

As Christians we ought to motivate ourselves in doing good.  Andrew Carnegie (18351919), a Scottish American industrialist said, “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive are their other talents.”  To be in Christ is to discover we’re the best there is.  For as Christians we no longer work under our own strength, but are guided by the Holy Spirit.  This Spirit teaches us all things.  Believers will know how to act, what to do, where to go, and what to say through this same Spirit.

Our mission will always be to win souls for the Lord.  We’ll be like fishermen casting our nets into the seas, rivers, and streams of the world.  Amazingly as we walk on the banks of the shores, climb hills and mountains, run through meandering landscapes we’ll be catching men, women, and children, who heed the call of Christ, their Savior.            

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