Rev. Helen Kirk: July 2018
Several years ago, a new and enthusiastic church member came to see me. He told me that he was absolutely convinced that God had called him to go and be a missionary in South America. When I asked him why he explained that he had been eating a chocolate bar whilst praying and he suddenly realised it was full of brazil nuts. I had to stop myself commenting that I was glad it hadn't been a Mars bar! To know that God calls us is something very special but can also be hard to define. What is God calling me to do? Why me when everyone else seems so much more qualified? I'm not sure I'm up to the job....... Yet the Bible is full of people who are called by God to do a particular task and then, like the rest of us, they make excuses and get things wrong. I take great comfort from this. For example: Jeremiah said he was too young; Isaiah thought he was not good enough; Elijah ran away; Moses said he's got a stutter; Sarah thought it was all a joke; Jonah simply refused; Peter & his friends consistently got the wrong idea about who Jesus was and what it meant to follow him. If you read the Bible you will find a catalogue of people who God calls but who make mistakes; thankfully they usually realise they must trust in God and are able to fulfil their calling, but it is often not easy.
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