Pastor: Rev. Mike Henning
A Word From The Pastor
As I write this article, I am in the middle of a two-part sermon series on Listening for the Lord’s Voice. First, we looked at young Samuel living in the temple under the tutorage of Eli. When Samuel was made aware it was the Lord’s voice he had been hearing during the night, he accepted the Lord’s call by responding, “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10b). I also cited other people who responded to God’s call in their lives, including a brief summary of how God called me into ordained ministry.
In the second message, we looked at two accounts of people being called by the Lord, and their very different reactions. We saw how Jonah tried to run away from God calling him to go to Nineveh (Jonah 3:1-5), but eventually did as God instructed him. Then we covered the story of Jesus calling two sets of brothers; Simon and Andrew, and James and John, the first four of the 12 disciples (Mark 1:14-20). We are told in both cases, when Jesus said, “Come, follow me,” each set of brothers left their nets “at once,” and “without delay,” and followed Jesus. James and John also left their father, Zebedee sitting in the boat. Even though there was a huge contrast between Jonah’s reactions and the brothers’ response; all listened to and obeyed the Lord’s voice.
The point is to emphasize that all of us are still being called by God today to carry out His work in a ministry or ministries. We must actively listen for His voice, and then reply as Samuel did: ‘speak, for your servant is listening.’ Go serve!
Blessings, Pastor Mike