The Call of God.

Christ has many services to be done; some are easy, others are difficult; some bring honour, others bring reproach; some are suitable to our natural inclinations and material interests, others are contrary to both. In some we may please Christ and please ourselves, in others we cannot please Christ except by denying ourselves. Yet the power to do all these things is given us in Christ, who strengthens us.

(from the Methodist Covenant Service)

A certain king, who was powerful, respected and loved by all good people dreamed of ridding the world of disease, poverty, ignorance, oppression and slavery. He needed a great company of people to help him in this work. He realised that it would be difficult and costly, but would lead to great happiness and well being. He promised that, throughout the campaign, he and his companions would share the same food and drink, the same clothing, the same duties and labours; and that when it was over, they would have an equal share in all the blessings that resulted.

How could anyone refuse such an offer? We have been called, by God, because we are His children, to spread His Kingdom here on earth. We are to show to others the LIFE that is found in God. Each one of us has been given unique and special abilities to do this work and, when we all work together with those gifts, we can really make a difference.

Think of how Jesus, at the beginning of His ministry, gathered around Him a group of disciples, a group of friends, to share His work. Now read John 1: 35-39 (slowly). Close your eyes and imagine Jesus asking you, "What are you looking for?", and answer Him as fully and as honestly as you can. Then ask Him, "Where do you live?", and accept His invitation to "Come and see.". Imagine going with Jesus, to see where He wants you to go, and what He wants you to do, to see how and where He lives.