Sharing Sunday Service 12/23/12

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Sharing Sunday Service is a series where I share the Word of God in a relaxed atmosphere, open to questions.  We have a wonderful pastor that inspires my thought processes, and leaves me eager and encouraged to further my knowledge as a child of Christ.  King James Bible is recommended, but if you don’t have one, don’t fret.  Use what you have and follow along.

When God calls upon you, are you a willing participant?

What did Jonah do when God called on him?  God’s message was very clear:

“Get up and go to the great city of Neneveh.  Announce my judgement against it because I have seen how wicked its people are”  Jonah 1:2Jonah 1:2
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2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.  

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God’s command left no room for misinterpretation, it was clear and concise.  But Jonah denied God’s message and went in the opposite direction

[Jonah 1:3Jonah 1:3
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3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.  

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].  Sometimes, God asks us to do something that we may not feel comfortable with; he may remove us from our comfort zone, or we doubt our ability to accomplish His task.

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We have 3 options when we answer to God’s calls upon us:

  • It’s not my problem!  We feel we have no responsibility in a particular situation, or that it is none of our business.  For me, this is taking the easy way out.  It’s easier to turn our heads away.
  • I don’t want to! We decide we don’t want to do a task for a variety of reasons: we don’t like the people involved, we don’t feel like it, we are comfortable where we are, and just plainly…we don’t want to help them.
  • Yes, God, I am willing! We may not always see or understand God’s long-term plan, or He has a different reason for the task than what we believe.  He may be asking something of us to test us.

When God calls upon you, are you willing?

  • no matter what?
  • it may not be what you want.
  • it may not be what you’re comfortable with
  • if may not be with the people that are your friends
  • it may not be the way you like it
  • it may involve hard work
  • it may involve something you really don’t want to do
  • it may not be where you want to be
  • it may impact people you don’t particularly like

Nineveh’s outcome depended solely on the decision of Jonah when God called upon him.  When God calls on you, your decision may impact many for years to come, it could save someone, it may turn a person, city, or place completely toward God, or it may help to build a great work for God.

It’s not about here, it’s not about now

It’s about there, it’s about then! 

Are you ready to truly yield to God?  It’s all about willingness.

His will, not ours! [Luke 22:42Luke 22:42
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42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. willing, remove: Gr. willing to remove  

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Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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