By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei
Theme: Responding to God’s call
Text: Jonah 1: 2-3
“Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
The innermost part of our being wants to respond to a call. Some people say, “I feel like God is calling me to do this or that”. Actually, this shows that man had the capacity to respond to a call, whosever it may be from.
I want to highlight on Jonah’s response to God’s call. He heard the message God gave Hi to send to the city of Nineveh. After having the ample time to ponder on the message to be delivered and the consequences he may get after delivering the message, he got up and headed for the opposite direction. Your land of Nineveh may be the hospital, bank, lecture room, church, etc where God has strategically placed you. Upon thoroughly thinking through the call of God, the devil mostly distracts us by highlighting more on the consequences after delivering the message. As such, the essence of the message is underweighted by the challenges, and like Jonah, we may run from the call of God.
Beloved, God has called us for the works of service. He is sending you to the land of Nineveh (this evil and corrupt world) to save it. He knows the consequences ahead and has promised to be with you through it all. The wisdom needed is not to run after considering the consequences, but in identifying that it is God that is truly calling you.
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