This past Sunday was a pretty special one for us at CPC… Our pastor, Tim Parsons, preached on the call to vocational ministry. We’ve done this in the past and God moved in powerful ways. Matthew 4 was the text he taught from, the simplicity of “Follow me.”
It reminded me of my call. I was in 9th grade, and God used a camp speaker named Ken Gillming from Springfield, MO to awaken my heart to God’s call. I am eternally grateful. My life has never been the same since.
We didn’t know what to expect, but Tim laid the challenge for our people to respond to God’s call on their life if they sensed it. They responded. 14 people total between our three morning services. We had a time of prayer over them. My heart was moved beyond explanation. Many thoughts ran through my head in those moments… Here’s a few:
1) Why would God ever call me? His grace is so real in my life. I am overwhelmed every day that I — a sinner deserving of no good thing from the Lord — gets to give my life for the cause of the gospel.
2) The missionaries that took the gospel to Kerala, India. I was moved to tears thinking about this. Someone answered God’s call and took the message of the cross to the region where my family is from. Because of that, our destinies were altered forever.
3) The pastors/leaders who responded to the call to ministry and had an investment in my life. Dave & Kathy Vandenbergh and Doug & Becky Williams in New City, NY. Jamie Gillespie, Dave Watkins, and Jeff Miller in Youngstown, OH. Chip Collins, Dave Adams, Jimmy Scroggins, Chad Brand, etc. from Southern Seminary. Russ & Diane Dean in São Paulo, Brazil. I am sure this list could go on. I am so grateful that they responded. My soul has been blessed to know them.
4) Stewardship. We need to be thankful and obedient to God’s voice. This is a privilege, not a right. May my life always glorify The One who called me.
This is an exciting time. We are going to do our best to pour our lives into those who sensed a call. From the middle schooler to the 50 year old man, our hope and desire is to equip and encourage. May the God who called them do marvelous things through these servants who surrendered their lives to the gospel ministry.