FOR A TIME SUCH AS THIS
LUKE 12:54 56
54 ? And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. ? 55 ? And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. ? 56 ? Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? ?
You know when its spring, and when its going to rain....
But you CANT tell that ITS YOUR TIME....
JOHN 7:6 Then Jesus said unto them my time is not yet come; but your time is always ready
You have been waiting for your time, but he said your time is already here. Many times we think God will move a mountain or part the red sea, and that will give a sign that it is time to go ahead with what he has placed inside you. Jesus said in Mark
..why doth this generation seek after a sign. Repeatedly, in the New Testament he speaks of people who seek a sign, and how no sign shall be given. A sign is to show when something is going to begin or end. We serve a God who is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. We think of time in hours and minutes, for God time is irrelevant.
He started you on your course when you didnt even give him a thought. I think of my life now as one big learning experience. Every job I have had, every person Ive met, and every thing Ive gone through has all been leading me to this point in my life. He was teaching me what I needed to know, to be who he wanted me to be. The hardships I endured were so I could lead others out of where I had already been. So often we expect God to teach us lifes lessons with a thunderous roar from heaven but, usually he teaches us by leading us through our problems and showing us the way out. Then in retrospect, what we should learn to avoid the problem in the future. Most of the time if we lean on god, instead of on our own understanding, we can avoid many of lifes pitfalls.
My point is you are in this place at this time for a reason. God has placed something inside each and everyone of you. Everyone has a ministry god has placed inside them. We always think of preaching and teaching as ministries but, to minister is to guide or help others in some way. Maybe since you dont have a desire to stand in front people and preach the word of god, you dont think of your gift as a ministry. Maybe you know what God wants you to do, but your not sure when you should you start. God is always ready for you to start working for him. God has not placed anyone on this earth to sit in church and do nothing else, I promise. When he returns he will be coming for his church, a group of people doing his work.
This is your time, right here, right now. God has placed you where you are for a reason. He chose you, and called you, he is waiting on you to answer his call. To do that thing which he has purposed in your life. He is looking for people willing to work for him and do his will. Jesus once said, the harvest is plenteous but the laborers are few. You may think what he has placed inside you will not benefit anyone, but I guarantee it will reap a harvest. Some people he calls to be a help to someone else, to work behind the scenes so to speak. But if I didnt have the people I have helping me behind the scenes, the ones you never see, I wouldnt be able to do all things he wants me to do. So even though that doesnt seem like an important job to you, I know the value of those people and so does God. It takes everyone doing different things to accomplish a common goal. James explains it very well when he says that everyone cant be an eye, because with out feet we wouldnt get anywhere. That is why I know he has something for you to do, because it takes all of us to do his work, to spread the gospel and bring souls to Christ.
J. F. Duffy IV
The Church of Jesus Christ