1 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers…
2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
Are you part of a church that recognises and respects God’s call for your life and will endeavour to help you fulfil your purpose? Or are you part of a church that just wants you to keep the status quo and not make any radical changes to your life?
Many believers are just going through the motions of church attendance and activities out of habits and obligation. This is not the normal Christian life. The Acts of Apostles shows us the endless possibilities we can experience and enjoy if only we partner with the Holy Spirit and with the community God has placed us in.
Don’t be afraid to share your vision for where and how God is calling you with those who have been a part of your faith journey. Allow them to ask honest and yet constructive questions to clear up any confusing or unclear thoughts regarding the direction you are taking. And let them pray—asking God to use you according to His will.
Consider the relationship of Barnabas and Paul with their church.
Even though Barnabas and Saul knew it was God’s will for them to become missionaries—they didn’t strike out on their own. Both also let their leaders take time to hear from God and confirm with God in sending them out to preach the gospel. They would not have accomplished so much without the support and encouragement from the church of Antioch.
Just as it is important to value hearing God’s voice in your life, it is also important to value godly leaders and church community to journey with you and help you discern God’s next assignment for your life. This triage of God’s unique call, your personal obedience and the church partnership will protect your call and purpose in life.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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