Testing the Spirits | Talent and Happiness

Spirit #1: Talent and Happiness

“God won’t ‘call’ you to do anything you can’t do or something you aren’t naturally talented at, and He certainly won’t call you to do something that won’t make you happy,” so said the pastor on the radio. This statement caused my radar to pop up and I had to do some research of my own. Let’s test these words against the witness of the Word. Does God ever ‘call’ us to things we don’t want to do and even think we can’t? I quickly discovered a few examples.

 1. Moses

God very literally calls Moses to go to Pharaoh and command him to release the Israelites. Moses comes up with several excuses. His first is in Exodus 3:11, “Who am I?!” Moses doesn’t seem to feel up to the challenge in this verse. In 4:10 he says, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” So he wasn’t talented at the task he was called to do. God tells Moses that He will be with Moses and will also help with the provision of Moses’ brother Aaron.

Moses called by God

2. Jonah

Jonah is another obvious example of a person who was very unhappy with the task he was given. He throws multiple tantrums, tries to run, and even wishes he was dead! Definitely not looking good for Spirit #1.

3. Mary

Yup, it’s December, so where would we be without a Christmas character reference? Mary, a 12-14 year old girl, was called to bear the God-Man as her son…Think she felt up to that challenge?

4. All the Apostles/NT Saints

Jesus calls regular dudes, twelve of them. Then he builds a following of women, men, sinners, and tax collectors. He tells them things like, “The world hates you because it has first hated Me,” “in this world you have troubles,” and, “foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man [and those who follow] have no place to lay their heads.”

5. Also see: Noah, Jacob, Joseph, David, Job, all the prophets of the Old Testament, and basically every major Bible character

So what’s this? God seemingly calls everyone to step outside of their limits of strength and abilities, and comfort in order to follow Him? God isn’t all about bringing us comfort and making us look good, but bringing the World to Him and showing His power in weak people.

Just some thoughts from a sanctified sinner,
Mark

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