Who Does Jesus Call?
“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.” Acts 4:8-14
In the instance recorded above it is very clear that Jesus called unschooled and ordinary “men” to be instruments of healing and enlightenment to their community. That’s right Peter and John who would be pillars of the first apostles were simple, unschooled and ordinary men. Can that possibly be correct and true? Were the leading men of the early Church simple folks like you and me? If this is true then modern “Christianity” has it all wrong…because today’s “church” demands that those they “call” to “leadership” be very well schooled and extra ordinary.
Those that Jesus called were called because of the relationship they had with Christ and their proven character over time. Today’s “Church” “calls” its ministers based on appearance, sheer academic performance and sermon giving skills. In short the traditional/institutional “church” hires and calls people to “the ministry” due to their ABILITY to perform in the Sunday morning show and their skills to be the CEO of the “church”/ business.
I am here to tell you that serving Jesus and others should not depend upon ones ABILITIES at all. What Jesus looks for in a servant of HIS is AVAILABILITY to the leading of the Spirit of God. The truth is that who God calls… HE also equips. Meaning that HE grants ABILITIES to do the task at hand regardless of our level of competence or skill prior to Him equipping us. We do not need to have special oratory or healing skills to be used by Jesus in any given situation.
All we need to be is available, yielded, willing and open vessels that can be filled to overflowing with His Spirit at any given moment. It is the condition of our heart that matters and not the level of our intelligence or skills. When we serve others in any capacity we will do so with the strength and ability that God provides. We will serve only with the anointing HE provides us and not with any measure of our flesh or mere human skills. It is ALL about HIM and not about us or our performance abilities. Jesus calls the unschooled and ordinary to do amazing and extra-ordinary feats. Don’t disqualify yourself from His service because you feel you are not smart enough or able……JESUS makes you able with the power that flows only from Him. Who does Jesus call? HE calls you! So please be ready for your next opportunity to share HIS gift in you with others.
Kirk Out !