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Who Does Jesus Call?

October 9, 2015

Greetings,

“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.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

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9 Comments
  1. Encouraging words, once again! I hear truth…..thank you.

  2. Rich Chamberlin permalink

    VERY WELL SAID – who he calls, he equips So we read AND so I have seen Church normally teach Spirit gifts backwards ( what else is new/) once, every 5 years when they cover it! They use your talents used for God = Spirit Gifts – wrong. Paul teaches when WE are weak ,God can show His strength. This has also been my experience – as super introvert yet speak freely to church on Spirit – it is clear to me – it is he not I Good work – Cap!

  3. Great message. Always good to be reminded that little ole’ me can be used by God at any time, any place.. Lots of times I don’t think I’m good enough or I don’t know enough. But I am called and I will be equipped.

  4. What you said there is more powerful than you realize. So then. Everything othr than that which comes from the spirit of truth is bogus. That is startling as it wipes out the ENTIRETY of Christendom.

    Including everything that currently exists in my and your natural minds. 1 Cor. 2:14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. THIS IS HUGE

    Which means, & I know that Jesus said this, which means that the only truth that has any value is revealed truth.

    It’s all the imaginations emanating from the unrenewed minds isn’t it? All that stuff we “think” we know. Sooo…. when Paul said to take every thought captive he was speaking about not demons which is the way we typically think of it but he was speaking about our own imaginations that supplant and cloud the truth of Revelation.

    I continue to unlearn everything I was taught of men that were not filled with the Holy Spirit and look to the NEW MAN and to those who are being filled with HIM and HIM ALONE.

  5. Janet fowler permalink

    I have recently become very aware of this fact. After my self righteous me ended up following flesh big time. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to fall. But when I turned back I just humbly asked God to use me. No Im not attending church more regularly, I am not even reading my bible religiously. And I’m not going door to door asking if people know Jesus. I am however praying as often as I think of something, and trying to be more available to spend time with those I love, or whoever crosses my path. Then I noticed He was doing stuff without me even knowing it. So I have no reason to boast, which is what self righteousness is. Thanks for another great blog!

  6. Mercy Fulgencio permalink

    May i introduce to you rev doc…
    They call themselves servants with full entitlement

  7. Mercy, I think I understand the point you are trying to make, but could you please elaborate some more for us all?

  8. Cie permalink

    You know, I used to fret a lot about not having anything I would consider useful to God. Especially with this wave of “street healing and miracles” happening everywhere, and everyone basically saying you should be doing this too. Well, I am not very good with being pressured by someone saying we ALL should be out there doing the same thing. When I tried it, I was extremely SELF-conscious and it felt like self-generated WORK – I couldn’t do it. And it did not produce anything at all.

    So what to do? I can’t wow a crowd with my stammering speech and I am not very good at approaching people, and when I finally do muster up the courage to do it, I often don’t even know what I should say. And I certainly can’t (don’t want to) use the platitudes of Christianity any longer.

    So, as I was walking to town one day the Lord said to me, “What makes you think I want you to do what others do? What I want is for you to be available, for when I need you. Also, I don’t want you to be an imitation of another, I want to express Myself through the uniqueness that is YOU.”

    I can do this. I can be available. Like the donkey that was tied to the post, never ever used by anyone, until the Lord had need of it. So, I want to be like that donkey, ready to be untied when the Master sees fit.

  9. Right on Cie and absolutely true!

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