“Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to I the message I give you. Jonah obeyed he word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city— a visit required three days. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: ‘Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.’” (Jonah3:2-4)
In Old Testament times God selected certain individuals to proclaim His message. This call to proclaim was vital to effective proclamation. God set Jeremiah apart even before he was born! On the other hand, God called Jonah in his adult years to proclaim his message to the city of Nineveh. In both examples, they knew what God was calling them to do and even though Jonah tried to get out of his call, he eventually completed the task God had given him and the city responded as they were asked to.
In New Testament times God called people to preach His revealed truth in the manner of he Lord Jesus Himself. This call established these men as servant leaders of the Christian movement. In addition, in the New Testament as the early church was scattered in persecution, each believer became a preacher of he good news.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You do not always call the equipped to provide leadership in proclaimer the Good News of Salvation. You call people and equip them to deliver the news sometimes a few times, and for others a life long call to both preach and teach Your people. Whomever You call, will have all they might need to accomplish the task or tasks for You, wanting nothing. For those of us called, we consider it an honor to both serve in Your church and to deliver the message of hope and faith and forgiveness to be found in the Good News that Jesus first preached and taught about in his earthly ministry. We are all appreciative for Your love and compassion for us and pray this day that You will continue to equip all of us, to do Your work in a manner than gives You all the praise and thanksgiving. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“He who sows with joy and a thankful heart will reap an abundant harvest for the Lord. Those who sow sparingly, miss the whole point!”
“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1st Corinthians1:17-18)
Simply put, one can preach a very eloquent and intellectual message to the people, but if they do not understand the vernacular given, they are useless words. God wants His message to be understood by all. Therefore, one must present the message to the people and them give them real life examples, so that everyone who hears understands and especially how it applies to them in their everyday lives. When Jesus preached, he gave parables for the purpose of everyone understanding His meaning. Why would we want to change that method?
“Proclamation, Call:” (Isaiah6:1–13)
I remember a seminary professor who made the statement in a class. The statement went like this: “Here in classes, I hear people making the attempt to sound very ecclesiastic in your comments, but what are you going to say to the people in the pews of your churches/” When in the environment of seminary it is easy to fall into speaking about the nitty gritty of Scripture, but the persons in the pews need a more clearly defined message that helps them to understand the message of the Gospel and how it applies to their daily lives. Conversely, it is the responsibility of the people in the pews to listen to the message for understand on their part and if still not clear to ask the clergy for clarification.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve—-designating them apostles—-that they might be with him and said that he might send them out to preach.” (Mark3:13-14)
God’s calls to individuals differ, since God does not set up qualification lists. He called Moses in middle age but Jeremiahs as a youngster, actually even before he was born. A purified Isaiah volunteered for service. Jeremiah was chosen. The prophetic task involved Jeremiah in being God’s messenger to royal courts to announce God’s plans in international politics. The prophet announced both salvation and judgment.
All of the prophets were called to God’s service to establish servant leaders. In the persecution times, believers had to take over the job of preaching, as the Christian community was scattered; some in rural settings, some in homes, some in caves, but the church continued on in spite of those who would seek them out to kill them. God’s church survives today, because there are those who still follow Jesus Christ, and they desire to be in His service. The call to service can come in a variety of ways, but they all have the same origination point, God. He loves us in spite of ourselves. He continually seeks the very best for us, even when we don’t deserve it. He is our God and He needs us to be His people, because He has a plan for each one of us.