WILL YOU SAY YES TO THE CALL?
October 5, 2018
BY ROLAND F. ST. GERARD
When God is in Need of You, All You Can Do is Say Yes!
Those who tried to say no:Moses tried to say no. Jeremiah claimed he was just a youth. And Zechariah found it hard to believe.
Some of those who did say yes to God:
The owners of the donkeys said yes
As Jesus was preparing to fulfill one of multitudes of prophecies He came to fulfill (Zechariah 9:9), He sent two of his disciples to a particular place to find a colt that they would find standing there. There task would be to untie the colt (which no one has ever sat on) and bring it to Him.
Because of His all-knowing, He told the disciples that if anyone question you about untie the colt, tell them that the Lord has need of it (Luke 19:28-34). It might sound far-fetched to some, but the Lord has need of you. He has need of everyone that would say yes to Him.
Jesus the Christ came to do the bidding of His Father. However, this bidding would require every human being that believes in Him to take part in bringing the plan of God to fulfillment.
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” Matthew 9:35-38, KJV).
The same way the Lord had need of the donkey for its purpose, He also has need of you for your purpose-driven life.
Saul of Tarsus was one who said yes to the Lord
In his second account to Theophilus, Dr. Luke shared that Saul, who was a Roman citizen and at the same time, a ferocious Pharisee was persecuting the Church. He would participate in one way or the other when the crowd would stone certain believers of Jesus. Then, as if this one incident with Stephen got incited lustful desire to persecute the believers even more. Consequently, he went and requested official permits to go to wherever the Believers were to arrest them.
It so happened that as Saul was on his way to Damascus to arrest the believers, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is forever present with us while dwelling in heaven, gave Saul an unforgettable dynamic encounter. In his own words, Dr. Luke writes:
“And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” (Acts 9:3-6).
As we can see with Saul’s life. Although he was persecuting the believers, in his mind, he thought he was doing the will of God. The Lord who knows best, stopped him on his tracks, opened his spiritual eyes by blinding his carnal mind. Nonetheless, the point is, Saul (Paul) didn’t take long to say yes to the Lord’s calling.
Mary, the mother of Jesus was another one who said yes
The same angel that visited Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, when Zechariah doubted the power of God, paid Mary, a young virgin Jewish girl an astonishing visit. Mary was shocked of the appearance of the angel. So, Gabriel quickly put Mary at ease.
When Gabriel explained to Mary the purpose of his visit, the one thing that concerned Mary, was not that was it possible or not. What concerned her was that since she was not yet married, how would this come about. So, Gabriel explained to her that this would not be man’s doing. This conception would not come from the sinful seed of a human being, but of God the Creator Himself.
“The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:35-38).
What’s the Message• Mary said yes to God for the use of her womb for the Savior to be incubated.
• Mary said yes to God for the Messiah to be born on earth.
• Mary said yes to God, so all people can have an opportunity to turn back to the living God.
And since the owners of the donkey said yes to the Lord, for He had need of the donkey to fulfill prophecy, the Apostle Paul said yes to God and forfeit every relationship and material gains in order to serve the living God, and Mary, a young virgin girl could say yes to God, despising whatever shame that would come to her for being pregnant before getting married, just so that the Savior, our Redeemer, the Messiah could be born, so that we can be saved and have everlasting life…
What about you, will you say yes to the call?
• Yes, to salvation
• Yes, to eternal life
• Yes, to abundant life
• Yes, to a life of service unto the Lord, so that others can be saved as well.
The Apostle Paul wrote the believers at Ephesus and say, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for Good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Do not delay. Say yes to the Lord today!
The works of preaching the gospel
The works of helping the needy
The works of loving one another.
“Yes to Your ways and yes to Your will!”