Friday, February 9

Calling

Scripture: Exodus 29-30, Acts 16

Acts 16:9–10 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Observation

After the Holy Spirit forbade them to preach the gospel in Asia, and did not allow them to enter Bithynia (see v. 6-8), Paul had a night time vision of a Macedonian man pleading, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” It’s famously known as the Macedonian call. They concluded that God was calling them to preach the gospel in Macedonia and immediately they went. Here’s the idea of calling or vocation. God calls us to specific tasks, people and places at specific times.

The closed door by the Spirit seems unusual to me—why would He do that? Why forbid them to preach the gospel to anyone? I can only guess that He wanted them in Macedonia at the time. Later, they took the gospel to Asia and Bithynia, but now was time for Macedonia. Listen for the Spirit’s leading. God knows things we don’t!

Application

I thought of David Wilkerson in the early 1960’s, a country preacher in Pennsylvania seeing a news story about young gang members on trial in NYC for murder, and feeling called to go help them. Thus was Teen Challenge born, and 60 years later is still making a difference across the country and around the world! Calling…

I thought of our call to Spokane in 1978—a place that wasn’t even on our radar, and when we came to check it out, we thought, “Nah.” But we prayed and God said go. Thus was Life Center born, and almost 46 years later, still reaching people for Jesus (we’re baptizing 27 people on Sunday) and planting churches. Calling…

What next? I want to be open to hear the Lord’s call, whenever, wherever, whomever. “Come help us!” 

Prayer: Lord, I love my calling. And I’m always open to whatever You have for us. So help me stay open, listening, and ready to do whatever You ask.