Following are notes from the weekly staff meeting at NCF Church. This message is by Grant Crawford, compiled by Sabby Mahabeer.
John 1: 43-51 tells us about Jesus calling Nathaniel. In this conversation, Jesus gives him a prophetic word: “Behold, an Israelite, indeed, in whom there is no deceit.(…) you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man( verses 47 & 51, ESV).”
We all need to live with a sense of calling.
When we work in church, we need to do so with a sense of calling. Church business is bad business. We can’t be in it for a career.
Church is God’s family and He calls us to be like Him and do things for Him.
Working in an environment that is on mission and has a big year ahead of them, we can be certain that we will face
- a chance at getting offended,
- a chance at being overlooked,
- and/or disappointment
Of course, we will also experience times of joy, sharing and fulfilment, but we should not be under the illusion that we won’t face any hardship. Jesus promised us trouble in this lifetime: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world (John 16:33 ESV).” So, let’s not act surprised when the tests happen, because they will come.
We need to have a conviction that God has called us
We need to have a conviction that God has called us for this year. There can’t be any ambling around. God wants to speak to each of us individually about this year, about who we are, who we are becoming and what we are going to do.
Earlier on, we read a piece of Scripture speaking of angels ascending and descending from Heaven. Jesus is referring to another place in the Scripture when God called Jacob in Genesis 28:10-17.
In the following verses, we see Jacob’s response to God’s calling:
“So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called the name of that place Bethel,but the name of the city was Luz at the first. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you (Genesis 28:18-22 ESV).”
Jacob has just heard God speaking to him about his future. God promises His presence. And Jacob ceases the moment: While trembling at the greatness of God, he makes his desire known: Earlier on in his life, Jacob and his brother Esau separated on bad terms resulting in his fleeing from his father’s house. Now Jacob desires to be reunited with his brother Esau and to return to his family in peace. He says: “If you, God, can do this, than You shall be my God.”
When the Heavens stood open, Jacob spoke out what he desired. What Jacob treasured most, was his relationship with God (the presence of God) and his relationship with his brother.
We need to treasure our relationship with God and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
When we flounder in our call, our relationships with our brothers and sisters are affected. Therefore, we need to be, and stay convicted of the calling God has placed on our lives.