Saturday, November 20, 2021

Acceptable Service And Location

 

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Jonah 1:1-3 (KJV) “Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord."

Jesus chose his disciples, trained them in Israel, and sent them to Jerusalem, then Judea, afterward Samaria, and eventually the uttermost parts of the world (Acts 1:8). He didn't send them out randomly to wander and choose where they wanted, he instead sent them to specific places. When Apostle Paul came on the scene, he also confirmed that God had sent him to a group of people, the gentiles (Romans 15:15-16).

One of the factors that will determine the acceptability of your service is your location. Where has God sent you to? What people group or demography? Anyone who can't answer these questions shouldn't be found pioneering a work for God, this person should be found under a trainer serving and learning. Whenever God calls a man, he also gives specifics, God will never leave you to decide what you want to do for him by yourself, he'll instead ask you to do what He wants.

Jesus, in John 15:16 (KJV), said, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you".

If you don't know why God ordained you, and where or the people he has sent you to, or if you have abandoned your location and have chosen a new location for yourself, serving God acceptably may be impossible.

Go into today knowing that captured in the volume written concerning you is a location (or locations)  where God wants you to serve. Don't start running until you must have known where you're headed, else, you might just run in vain.

Prayer: Father, I ask that you reveal my place of service to me and help me to serve you acceptably there. Amen!
— Dr. Emmanuel James

Yearly Bible: II Chronicles 21-24

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