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as you grow in your relationship with Christ.
This is what the Scripture says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
(Heb. 3:15)
Devotional: Called to Be
Jan. 9th

(1 Cor 1:1 NCV)
From Paul. God called me to be an apostle
of Christ Jesus because that is what God wanted.

My friend, this morning I would like you to ask yourself... What (or) who has GOD called you to be? God does not look for Mighty Men-- instead He looks for men HE CAN MAKE MIGHTY. He looks for the heart that is willing. He looks for the one that says, "Absolutely yes-- send me, use me..."

God can do amazing things in just one person who is bent on listening to His leading. When Jesus chose His leaders, He didn't choose the most sought after or the most popular. He chose the ones who He knew where bendable and teachable. Peter was a born leader-- a successful "business man" so he naturally took the helm, and people followed after him. But he followed after Jesus. And Jesus taught and redefined him. His (Jesus') other first chosen, where men-- plain and simple. Some had "skeletons in their closets" and some, just had an inner strength to aid and build up the ones that would be out in front.

Scripture says,
"Brothers and sisters, look at what you were when God called you.
Not many of you were wise in the way of the world judges wisdom.
Not many of you had great influence.
Not many of you came from important families."
(1 Cor 1:26)

My friend, when God calls you, it is because He sees and knows who you have the potential to be. Don't let nay-sayers convince you that, "Oh, you could never..." Don't even let your own low self-esteem rob you of when God says, "If you would just let me..."

When God calls you, have no doubt that you are "the one." The only choice you  have to make is-- are you willing? Are you willing to step up and walk into the ring? Are you willing to let go of worldly views and worldly opinions, and let God give you a whole new perspective? Are you willing to let go of YOUR plans for something even grander? Are you willing to "step out of the boat?"

My friend, I have learned something over the past several years: you won't get very far if you try to straddle the fence. You can't have it both ways-- you can't walk in Jesus' footsteps with one foot on this side and one foot on the other. Jesus says, "It's all or nothing." In Rev.3:15-16, He rebuked the ones that were "lukewarm." He said, "I wish you were one or the other." (Rev.3:15 NIV) My friend, you have to decide, do you want to stay in the boat, or walk on the water with Jesus? Know that if you try to do both, all you are going to do is "rock the boat." And, at some point you, and everyone with you, are going to go falling out when it capsizes.

My friend, it doesn't matter how insignificant you think you are-- when God calls you, He becomes your strength. Note: that He may strip you of just about everything (and everyone) before sending you out... but this is only so you cannot brag. You will be able to say like Gideon, "This victory came from God alone, because there is no way I could have done this on my own." To continue today's scripture: "God did this so that no one can brag in his presence" (1 Cor 1:29 NCV). We also read the same thought in Judges 7:1-2, God dwindled Gideon's army down to almost nothing, just so that later they couldn't boast that it was by their strength that they won against the enemy.

Then  Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him,
rose early and camped beside 
the spring of Harod; and the camp of Midian was on the north side
of  them by the hill of  Moreh in the valley.
The Lord said to Gideon, "The people who are with you are too many for
Me to give Midian into their hands,
for Israel  would become boastful, saying,
'My own  power has delivered me.'
Judges 7:1-2 (NASB)

So again, don't think just because you think "you don't have a lot to offer,"  that you could never serve the Lord. Remember, God can do a LOT with very little-- He just looks for the heart that will give "complete glory to God."

Have a blessed and wonderful day. Go out in the strength of the Lord, and watch and just see what He can do through anyone who is truly willing.

Father God, we praise You for all that You do for us. Thank You that You look past who we are at the moment and see who we can become. Thank You for making us new in Your Son. Thank You for redeeming, and restoring us. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit who works in us and through us. Lord, we praise You because we know it isn't by our strength or might, or anything we personally can do, but what YOU can through us.
Father I lift this reader up to You and pray that You would do a mighty work in them. Lord, I ask You to announce Your presence in their lives and to show them and those around them what a difference You can make. Lord, I ask You to watch over them and help them to become all You have called them to be.
In Christ Jesus name,

~ My friend, may God shine upon you today.

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