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"...called according to HIS purpose." (Romans 8:28)

Recently, I started a study in the book of Jonah. I am pondering a call that God has placed on my life.

There are two facts when it comes to having a relationship with The Lord. The first fact is that GOD is Sovereign, and he has a purpose for all of His Creations. The second fact is that GOD wants our worship, service and everything he provided to be under His authority and subject to His plan.

This brings me to Jonah 1:1. Jonah was called by GOD to go to a people that were conquerors and brutal enemies of everybody. They were people who stood against GOD. We, as Christians, have a similar calling, which is the Great Commission - to go into all the world and make disciples, sharing the love and message of Jesus with people from all walks of life. This commandment challenges us, as Jonah was challenged, to step outside of our comfort zones and engage with others, extending GOD'S grace. There is always a strong possibility that we are going to face people that do not believe the same as we do, people who don’t have the same values and who look at life totally different from the way we do. They may even show a lack of respect for the God we serve…but could it be that’s why we’ve been called? Within this small book of Jonah, it starts out, in the first and second verses, with amazing implications and showing us that our walk and purpose will not be easy. We are warned in GOD'S Word, Matthew 7:6 KJV, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." So, while we are called to the world and a people that will not always respond as we think they should, GOD'S Holy Spirit deals with people in his own ways and according to GOD'S purpose.

PONDER THIS What is God's purpose for your circle of influence, and how do you accomplish the mission, being mindful that we carry the precious, unadulterated word of GOD?

Associate Pastor (Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church) and Guest Blogger, Phillip Jordan

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