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Who Does Jesus Call?

March 19, 2017

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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12 Comments
  1. Judy Baker permalink

    Amen !!!
    Mathew 11:25-30. Here Jesus says I publicly praise you Father Lord of heaven and earth because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intellectual ones and have reveal them to babies.
    1 Peter 2:21 … because even Christ suffered for you leaving you a model to follow his steps closely.
    John 21:17 …JESUS tells his disciples Peter & John to feed his sheep …
    Mathew 28:18-20 Jesus said all authority has been given me in heaven and earth. Go and make disciples of people of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy and of the son and of the Holy Spirit.

  2. Judy Baker permalink

    Chris Can you correct my last sentence . I don’t know what happened but I messed up .. it should say in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit.
    Was reading so posted these scriptures . The Bible is so clear and Jesus makes a point to follow him to teach and baptize people in all the world

    • Judy Baker permalink

      Am getting too old… blame it on my age.. I will be 75 in May . I know without Jesus there is no life at all. There is no other place to go… but to him. He picks me up when I am down and shows how much he loves me and everyone with a beautiful day – perfect weather- my family – friends – all I need !

      • Judy, Jesus is THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE. I follow HIM and no other.

    • No problem Judy your comment here makes your point clear.

  3. Sue heumann permalink

    Today I’m humbled…..especially. Feeling God spoke thru me as I listened, then shared, listened, then shared Jesus, his love without expectations or judgement…. A tragedy in a mutual friends life has turned into a true open sharing between a co-volunteer and myself. Each Tuesday now we see one another and share more. I see Jesus shining through though I’ve been schooled in a ‘Bible institute’ it means nothing compared to the learning I’ve gotten thru knowing the true love of Jesus.

    • You are a gem Sue. Listening and sharing is how we grow and help others grow. In the institutional/Traditional “church” all you get to do is listen 98% of the time. NO wonder “churches” are dying.

  4. Dan permalink

    What? Unschooled? No seminary? No sheepskin? No dissertation? No ordination committee? Ordinary? Not golden tongued orators? Not top shelf communicators? Not slick, handsome, well dressed professionals with cosmetically enhanced smiles?

    …just ordinary men possessed by God

  5. "BK" permalink

    Dan, you brought a chuckle to my day! Sue, one of the things I have told Ken on more than one occasion is the beauty of your simplicity, knowing the degree you hold from the “Bible institute”. For sure the Lord didn’t bypass you because of your education. For sure it is the ‘not many mighty’ and the simple ones but when one takes the step into ‘one of the members of the Body’ and values every part He responds to that….like Paul, Joseph of Aramaitha (sp?), the centurion God sent Peter to, etc. Having said all of this I HEARTILY amen your post, Chrisopher. Amen! Love, “BK”

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