03 Aug God’s call is specific
Fellow Pilgrims, Top of the day to you. May the riches of His goodness be yours today in Jesus name.
In our last discourse we looked at the meaning of Amittai, the name of the father of Jonah. The name means “my truth or the truth of the Lord”. God is truth personified hence His children should be sons of truth.
Today, we will look at the specific nature of the call of God in the life of Jonah and how that impacts on our lives.
Prophet Jonah narrated how he was called of God “Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise go to Nineveh that great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness is come up before me”. Jonah 1:3
God has a will. The eternal will of God is His heart beat. His will is that which matters most to Him. The execution of His will brings Him pleasure. He does not need man’s counsel to decide what to do. He however needs the instrumentality of man to fulfil His purpose on earth. We are not here by accident; we are here to execute His purpose.
The God’s call is an invitation to man to take part in the fulfilment of God’s eternal plan and purpose for humanity and the earth. It is important to stress that as creatures and not creator, the true meaning of our lives comes from obedience to the call of God upon our lives.
It is important to know that just as in an orchestra we are differently talented or gifted to produce a harmonious and melodious song. It is therefore important for us to identify our gifts and stay within the area of our calling.
It is the pursuit of purpose that gives meaning to life. We start to live when we gain understanding of our purpose in life.
One ingredient of God’s call is that it is specific. In the book of Jonah, God leaves no one in doubt as to who He was calling, Jonah of course and for what cause?, “to go to Nineveh that great city and cry against it” and why? “for their wickedness is come up before me”.
Jonah, the writer of this book, as if trying to convince his audience wrote down the exact word of his call, which today we call the Mission.
What is your sense of mission on earth? Take a pen and write it or them down.
The secret of a successful and most fulfilling life lies in the answer to this question.
Adeyinka Antwi – your fellow pilgrim.