God is Calling
From the Old Testament through the New Testament, God’s people have responded to His call. The Old Testament records a time that God walked with people. The New Testament shows us that God continued to walk with His people through the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13).
God said to Abram in Genesis 12:1-2, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Genesis says that Abram then went as the Lord had told him.
After the death of Moses, the book of Joshua records the Lord placing the leadership of the Israelites on Joshua and instructing him to lead the people of Israel across the Jordan River and into the land God had promised to them. God said to Joshua, “I will give you every place where you set your foot...No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life...I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous….” Joshua 1:3-6.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20.
Today, God calls us and tells us to go, saying “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to Me...to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8.
God is calling you, saying, “Go and tell the people of the world that I love them! Go and share the healing power for heartaches and disappointments!”
To what extent are we willing, in this fast paced, high-tech world, to give up all and serve His children that are naked, hungry and lost?
The God of the universe, the One that loves us, says, ”Be strong courageous.”
May our response be “Here I am, Lord.”
By Apple Park, Executive Secretary