While they were worshiping as priests before the Lord in prayer and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “I have called Barnabas and Saul to do an important work for me. Now, release them to go and fulfill it.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they laid hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:2-3 TPT
In these times, God still calls people to service. Recently I was reading an article, “When did you know? Eight ‘call to ministry’ stories from the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church.” One of the individuals, was Rev. Richard Rudesill; he likened his call to that of a burning bush. One day, he was on his way home, and he sensed the voice of God directing him to fill up his tank. Sixty miles later, his car caught on fire on the road. Later, he found out that liquid gas does not burn, but fumes explode. That action of filling up his tank, saved his life. Later, he returned to college with a car someone gifted him. He knew the call of God was on his life; he answered the call and is serving God in ministry.
The call is different for different people. Here, the church was praying and fasting. They had set aside some time to seek God; and God visited them. God had an assignment for Barnabas and Saul. He instructed the leadership to release them so that they could do His will. When the season of prayer and fasting was over, the leaders sent them off. The call of God brings change into your life. Barnabas, Saul, and their assistant, John Mark, had many experiences on their journeys.
They encountered a sorcerer called Elymas. Elymas was closely associated with the proconsul, a Roman Official. When he realized that the official expressed a desire to hear the word of God, concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ, he tried to prevent the official from believing the gospel. Saul, full of the Holy Spirit said,“O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. verses 10-11. When the official saw the Holy Spirit at work, he believed. When God calls you, His call brings change in your life so you, through the power of the Holy Spirit, can bring change inthe lives of others.
Thought for Today: Friend, God’s call changes you.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.