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Following the Call
Series: Experiencing the Call of God
In this last sermon of our series I wanted to take a minute to remind us of what we have learned so far from the lives of Samuel and Moses. Samuel gave us an example of Hearing the Call of God. We understand that hearing God's call involves.
- Recognizing His Voice
- Listening to what He has to say
- And affirming His Call
Moses was a man that taught us about accepting the call of God. Through his own calling that we find in chapters 3 and 4 in Exodus we can see that Accepting the Call of God involves
- Finding Our Value in God's calling
- Believing in His Authority to fulfill the call
- Trusting His ability over our disabilities
So we have gone from Hearing God's call to Accepting God's call and finally today we focus on Following the Call of God. Although both Samuel and Moses eventually followed the call of God I wanted to use an example of someone who gives new meaning to following the call of God and who I believe to be an example for us today.
That person is the Apostle Peter. The life and ministry of Peter gives us a good example of God calling someone to ministry but using them in different areas according to the gifting and empowerment God has given to an individual. There are three things evident in the Old and New Testament concerning the call of God. We will also see these things in Peter's life.
I. God's Call is Never Easy
Following God's call is not easy but in fact most people who have accepted God's call can tell you that it has been costly.
That doesn't mean that following God's call is without reward. In fact, the opposite is true. Following God's call insures an abundance of reward both here and in heaven.
A. Called to Leave Our Lifestyle Behind
I have never witnessed someone who has decided to follow the call of God staying were they were at. Moses left extended family, job as pastor, and location in order to concentrate on God's purpose. He had to give up what he was currently doing. Whether it is a financial change, a location change, a job change, something has to change in order for people to follow the call of God. Most of the time everything changes and nothing stays the same. Let's look at Peter's call.
Matthew 4:18-20 (NASB95)
18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
What changed for Peter? Everything. His work, his location, his focus, his goals, his family, everything changed in order for him to follow the call of God.
Peter wasn't like Samuel or Moses. He immediately recognized the voice of the Messiah and immediately accepted the call to follow. It says in verse 20,
"...immediately they left their nets and followed Hi ...
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