April Pastor’s Chat
Last month’s Pastor’s Chat ended with a quotation of 1 Thess. 5:24, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” This truth can be viewed in all of God’s callings in life. Your God, who called you to salvation in Christ, did it. He sent His Son to be your Savior. Furthermore, your God who calls you to sanctification in Christ is in the process of doing it in you. Paul wrote to the Philippian believers that he was “confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians1:6). Later he wrote, “It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Whatever God calls you to do, He will be faithful to do it.
Having now seen God’s faithfulness in His calling of salvation and sanctification, will you trust Him to be faithful to help you in every calling of daily service for Him? Has the Lord recently spoken to your heart about serving Him in new ways and you resisted because you felt unworthy, unqualified, and ill-equipped for the job? If so, you are in good company; Moses and Isaiah felt that way. They submitted to God’s call and experienced the grace of God to fulfill His calling in their lives. God has called you; He will “do it” through you if you submit to and rely upon Him. Meditate on 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” Then go forth in God’s grace to be kind to an enemy, to speak the truth in love, to stand for truth when others want you to compromise, to love the unlovely, to speak up in witness for Christ, and to do whatever else God lays on your heart to do for that day, week, month, and year. Let’s be faithful to our faithful God by His faithful grace! Amen!
With prayer, Pastor Mark
Selected Passages on
God’s faithfulness in His Callings
Genesis 22:15-18, “And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”
Exodus 4:10-15, “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
Isaiah 6:3-9a, “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also 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. And he said, Go, and tell this people, . . .”