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3 Thoughts on Being Called

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I Kings 19:19-21

“So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat.  He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair.  Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him.  Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah.  “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”  “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”  So Elisha left him and went back.  He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them.  He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate.  Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.”

1.) When God calls, we leave everything behind in pursuit of Him.  It’s really the only appropriate answer to Him.  Notice Elisha burns the plowing equipment and kills the oxen.  He is relying totally on God.  We so often want to stack the deck in our favor when it seems God wants us to bid blindly, depending totally on Him.  He calls us to jump before He shows us our wings.

2.) The call for Jesus’ disciples is answered in the same way.  Jesus tells the disciples in Luke 9 to take nothing for the journey.  God never shows us the end result or even where we’re going.  He just gives us a little each day to help us to take the next step.  It’s the scariest yet most thrilling adventure one can take!

3.) Everyone is called.  If you profess Jesus as your Lord, then the Great Commission applies to you and we are all called to go and make disciples.  It looks different for different folks, but we all should do it.   Some are paid, some are overseas, some are engineers, some are lawyers….I think you get the point.  Next to bringing glory to God, this is our second most important purpose in life.

Rabbit Growth

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We all know that rabbits reproduce like….well, like rabbits.  I have read that rabbit breeding season last 9 months out of the year with normal gestation being about 30 days and a litter being 4 to 12 rabbits.  That means in one breeding season, a female rabbit can have around 800 little rabbits running around.  Wouldn’t it be refreshing and effective to have churches that multiplied like rabbits?  There is something special, exciting, and holy about a large group of people gathering to worship and read God’s word, but true discipleship and change only comes through smaller gatherings.  Jesus chose 12 in his 3 year ministry, not 1200.  Who are you intentionally discipling today, that will disciple others, that will disciple others, etc.; rabbit style.  How much more would the Kingdom of God grow if we relied on personal accountability to discipleship, rather than expecting the Sunday morning assembly to do it?