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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Call


As unforgettable as The Woodshed was, God's call on my life to ministry was as well.  After the woodshed my whole life changed.  I no longer had a desire to party or do anything like that.  I basically had to divorce all my friends because of it.  It became obvious to me that God was radically changing me from the inside out.  I had spent years chasing after my own pleasures and desires, but now I wanted God's will for my life more than anything.  This was turning my world upside down.

I was getting ready to turn 19 in January of 2002 and had no idea what I was going to do in the future.  I had thought about human resources or business management.  I started praying to God about what He would have me to do for the rest of my life.  I would always pray that I would do anything but be a pastor.  I did this because there was nothing inside of me that wanted to be a pastor.

I don't know if you know this or not, but "church people" are some of the meanest people on the planet.  Many seek to have great influence in the church because that makes them feel good about themselves.  Most of the time these people are lost without Jesus.  There is no possible way God could be living through them.  It is a shame that these people are more interested in doing things their way than God's way.  I firmly believe they will be judged for this as well.  Because I knew how ruthless, mean, spiteful, prideful, and deceiving church people were, I wanted nothing to do with being a pastor.  As many of you know through experience, you don't tell God what you are going to do, but rather He tells you what you are going to do.

I was sitting in a hotel room with a traveling basketball team I coached doing a devotion.  As I was speaking to them, God made it clear that He wanted me to preach His Word.  At the time, I had no idea what that meant exactly, but the call was crystal clear.  I had been asking God to reveal what He wanted for me, and He did.  It just so happened it was the one thing I told Him I wouldn't do.  After more prayer and consulting with pastors that I trusted, I publicly announced my call to the ministry in early 2002.

Here's my question to you, what are you telling God you won't do?  Is there something in your life that you are refusing to do?  This may be something minor or something major.  This may be a career you need to pursue or a habit you need to stop.  There is possibly something you are doing that you have made every excuse to God for why you should be doing it when you know He has commanded you to stop it.  Whatever it is, you must obey God.  You must be obedient to Him.  If you are unwilling to do so, He will probably meet you at the woodshed.

JCH

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