“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ” (New International Version 1984, Romans 1:1-7).
The calling of God is a holy and personal touch. If you are a follower of Christ who has confessed Him as your Lord and Savior, then it is upon you.
With the start of a new year my pastor, Bill Hulse at Putnam City Baptist, Oklahoma City, preached on this passage this past first Sunday.
It was a fresh reminder of what God values and where His heart lies. People. Individual people. That one person. That chance encounter. That long-prayed-for loved one. That neighbor. That schoolmate. That fellow worker. That man, woman and youth who have lost so much and are looking for hope and direction.
Pastor Bill’s message was a renewed challenge that I am a key part of what God is up to in this world. That means you are also a key part of what God is up to. Do you find yourself getting lazy, apathetic and frustrated with life?
I would ask you if you are getting tired, but I know that is true for us all. How about a fresh kick in the pants from the Holy Spirit about how valuable you are in God’s eyes and for His kingdom? Also, how about those valuable other people?
I do not know about you, but I have a hard time finding people to talk with about God. Some of that is on me and I am praying about that. However, we have a great mission field in our county jails. Men, women and young people are waiting and wanting to talk about God, hope and forgiveness.
The question is not are you with OJPM in this new year of outreach to every county jail in Oklahoma. The question is are you with God and do you understand and accept His calling upon your life?
Grace and peace to each of you!
Unleashing the captives,