By Arch Hoercher
Are you a Christian? Do you recognize Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Do you believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as payment for your sins, and was resurrected on the 3rd day and is seated at the right hand of God? If you do, guess what? God has called you into service. The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:4 (NIV), “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world”. God knew you and your skills, talents, and gifts before the creation of the world. Ephesians 4:11-12 (NIV) reads; “So Christ Himself have the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” We are part of the body of Christ. We are unique and have a job appointed to us within the body. The purpose of the body is to do service to the Lord Jesus Christ in this world.
Do you know what your job is? You have been equipped with the gifts God has given you and your talents and your skills. We all have been called. But the problem is that many times we do not pick up the phone. Sometimes when we do, we might hang the phone up because we do not want to do what is asked or we do not believe we can do what is asked. God puts us into situations and gives us a call. When an opportunity comes to us we must understand that we just might have been placed into this situation for “such a time as this”.
In the Old Testament Book of Esther, Esther was in a position of influence as the Queen of Persia. There was a plot that could have cost all the Jews their lives who were living in Persia at this time. She was in a unique position to influence the king “for such a time as this”. She did take that opportunity, even though it could have cost her life, and the Jews were saved. God does not put us in situations or opportunities to glorify Him, if He had not equipped us to be able to do the job. Each and every day there might be a “call” for service “for such a time as this”. We should pick up that phone and listen to the call and then do what has been asked. We are to use our talents, skills, and gifts to perform the job.
Many times the call is to smile, or give a kind word, or give a hug, or even a plate of cookies. The job might be very simple, but the results could be grand. Those simple acts, when inspired by God, could change another person’s life. God puts us into situations in our lives that could profoundly affect another person’s life for the good. We, first, must be listening for the phone to ring and when we hear it we must answer it. We then should do what is asked of us. We must be an active part of the body of Christ. The request could be very simple to complex and time consuming. It could be a request to open a door for someone or to simply say “thank you”. It could be more challenging such as working in the nursery or visiting someone in the hospital. It could be of even a greater demand such as going into full time ministry. Whatever the call is, God has equipped us to perform that task. I once thought that I was called to preach. I could have been, but I was much more concerned about the accolades of man rather than God’s evaluation of my preaching. I eventually realized my error and stopped preaching.
If God wants me to preach, he will give me a call on my cell. Not too long ago an opportunity came up concerning writing devotionals for the church web site. This time I prayed and thought about that task. I believe that I was given a call and I heard it and picked up the phone. I have some writing skills, some Bible knowledge, and research skills. At first I was worried if anyone were reading them. But God told me that it is not my problem if anyone reads them or not. It is His problem. I am requested to keep on writing them when inspired to do so. So that is what I am doing. I received an affirmation from a close and trusted Pastor friend. He said, “You have a real anointing to clearly present the Word. I appreciate you greatly and celebrate the gift God has given you.” What more could I ask?
Do you hear the phone ring? You must listen for the call. Do you answer it? You must do what is asked. The call could be for something very simple as a kind word, picking up a package someone dropped, taking a plate of cookies to your neighbor. God does call us to perform the tasks appointed to us to help build up the body of Christ and glorify God. We must all listen for the call. It may be “for such a time as this”.