JONAH AND THE CALL OF GOD! Jonah is recognized as a prophet of God. Jonah already has a definite ministry.
2Kings 14:25 He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher. His ministry requires that he respects the commission and instructions of the One who has called him! Jonah is not allowed the luxury of picking and choosing what he wants to do and where he wants to do it or what he does not want to do. He is not to be in any way biased based on his own personal or patriotic prejudice. He is to remain faithful to the One who called him. He has to be true to the message despite its unpopularity and probable unacceptability. As a servant and messenger of Yahweh, recognize that in the majority of occasions, your message may not be accepted, and it may sometimes subject you to vile and violent repercussions. When it comes to God’s call, we do not have the option to color, change, modify or manipulate...we are to remain faithful. Why? It’s because we are called according to His purpose not our own. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 KJV Every child of God has a definite calling on their life. Many of us have consistently avoided or ignored or soft pedaled (de-emphasized or downplayed that call with what may oftentimes be referred to a sense of false humility! Before we are called to service we are first called to salvation, submission and sanctification. It's vital to our eternal well being that we respond positively to God when called! According to the Word of God we are called to: A HIGH CALLING! Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 KJV A HOLY CALLING! Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 2 Timothy 1:89 KJV A HEAVENLY CALLING! Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. Hebrews 3:1-2 KJV
he may give it you. who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb. despiseth not man. and King of kings: and they that are with him are called. an holy nation. strengthen. lay hold on eternal life. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV Remember those who are Called and Chosen are to be Faithful to remain with Him:! Rev. and chosen. whereunto thou art also called. ye have been called unto liberty. by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.Among other things in this calling we are called unto Eternal Life: Fight the good fight of faith. 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 KJV We are called unto Holiness: For God hath not called us unto uncleanness. as a father doth his children. and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. but by love serve one another. who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus. through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2 Peter 1:3 KJV But the God of all grace. John 15:16 KJV His choosing and ordination is for a purpose that we be fruitful and not only fruitful but enduring fruitfulness. let him depart. 1 Timothy 6:12 KJV We are called into His Marvelous Light: But ye are a chosen generation. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. and faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:9 KJV We are called unto Peace: But if the unbelieving depart.
. and Empowered by His Spirit in order that we may glorify Him in our mortal bodies! What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you. but unto holiness. This requires that those who are called and chosen maintain a faithfulness to His calling for we are no longer our own! We belong to Him. and ordained you. settle you. 1 Corinthians 7:15 KJV We are called unto His Eternal Glory. brethren. who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. which ye have of God. but God. that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9 KJV We are called unto Liberty: For. a peculiar people. He therefore that despiseth. that ye should go and bring forth fruit. and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name. 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8 KJV Jesus enlightens us about choice and ordination when He said: Ye have not chosen me. make you perfect. but I have chosen you. Purchased by His Blood. and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh. and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords. Sanctified by His Word. stablish. 1 Peter 5:10 KJV As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you. Galatians 5:13 KJV We are called into Fellowship: God is faithful. That ye would walk worthy of God. after that ye have suffered a while. and in your spirit. a royal priesthood. Virtue and Kingdom: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness. which are God's.
Recognize today that there is a calling on your life and it comes from Him! He has a purpose for you and it brings glory to Him! Ignoring. grief and dissatisfaction. In the smallest of gatherings (two or three!) He desires to be present. 1Cor. therein abide with God. and running away will only bring frustration. ye shall never fall:
. and all may be comforted. When we gather in His Name He is present through promise! It's a no-brainer! When Paul said ye may all prophesy it wasn't trivial talk. give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things. 14:31 For ye may all prophesy one by one. irritating misfits who are so full of themselves that they are not deserving of any good thing? Yet the Messiah did that just for us! In every congregation of saints God has placed ministry gifts as He sees fit. Jesus said in Luke 13:33 Nevertheless I must walk to day. and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. omniscient Being putting limits on Himself in order to become a sacrifice for a planet of seriously ungrateful. In retrospect what was wise about an eternally omnipotent. and let the other judge. In fact the Israeli maid bore strong witness to Yahweh's power and the prophetic ministry. 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Jesus ministered to the daughter of the Syrophoenician woman. Do you wonder why you always seem so dissatisfied with the way things are sometimes in church? It generally stems from an incomplete surrender for service to Him. Brethren. so let him walk. 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man. as the Lord hath called every one. because of fear of failure. and fear of making a complete ‘idiot’ of our selves! We always want to do the sensible thing but God continuously uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. uncaring. and tomorrow. community and cosmos. 1Cor. He went out of His way to reach a Samaritan village despite the fact that Jews were prejudiced against the Samaritans! The prophetic ministry is of vital importance in the church. 1:10 Wherefore the rather. wherein he is called. 1 Corinthians 7:24 KJV 2Pet. 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three. 1Cor. neglecting. And so ordain I in all churches. 1Cor. that all may learn. brethren. omnipresent. We do not have a record of Jonah questioning the truth of his commission. Elisha ministered to his own people and also to the Syrian general Naaman who had in his household Israeli prisoners. The danger is continuously ignoring this is that we may become hardened and resistant to His promptings. Jesus commended her in fact and praised her faith above that of all Israel.Irrespective of our personal prejudices we are called to be faithful Ananias queried the safety of approaching Saul but went after being assured by God. Grow where you are planted and start bearing fruits! A tree that keeps on being uprooted and transplanted runs the risk of an untimely unfruitful death! As we are faithful to His calling and our responsibility it is imperative that we abide in the calling where we are called. let every man.