Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
THOUGHT: The Bible teaches us that God calls us and gives us gifts and talents accordingly as He wills. There are gifts of the Father, gifts of the Son, Jesus Christ and gifts of Holy Spirit. We are given gifts and then called to certain roles and responsibilities. Some seek recognition, titles and activities in larger public roles and calls when they have not practised faithfulness to the first call of God, which is the call to submission, surrender, confession, prayer and faithfulness to Him and to those He has placed you with.
The first call is to allow God to sanctify and mature you as a disciple and follower so that you are prepared to properly represent Him in any and every situation He calls you to encounter. Practicing love, forgiveness, humility and serving those in your midst is the preparation ground for further calls to extend your ministry to new and greater realms. God calls us by His Spirit, and we must sit down and count the cost and make appropriate preparations for the next steps.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive Your call, first to commit my ways to you and to allow Holy Spirit to bring my life into conformity to Your will. After my response is pleasing to You, I will also respond to His guidance to do whatever else You call me to do. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!