Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Lord's Calling

Acts 9:10-17

10And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

11And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

12And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

14And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

16For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

17And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

1 Samuel 3:4-10, verse 18

4That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.

5And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.

6And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.

7Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.

8And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.

9Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

verse 18

18And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.

Isaiah 6:8

8Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

I believe these three of the many ways we can answer the Lord when he calls. We may say " Here I am, but...."

We must ask are we like Ananais that when we have the reason and the technicalities of the Lord's callint then we do as He says?

Are we like Samuel that after the Lord constantly calls us then we respond?

or Are we like Isaiah that when he heard the voice of the Lord speaking, he immediately answered, "Here I am Send me" and it was not even directed towards him.

How do you answer when the Lord calls?



Paul-Michael said...

I would like to testify of how much of a blessing this message was to me. Some of the material that you had covered, Alex, I had studied for myself. Some I hadn't. But the way that you presented it was in such a way that, one- I saw clearly the heart of the message and was challenged by it, and two- God got all the glory. I praise God for you, little brother, and I pray that you grow in Him and that He uses you to do HIS perfect will. Love ya.