Call to Ministry “Do What We Can” (14 Jul 2013)

Do what you can! Or should I say “Do what we can” When was the last time you heard God’s still small voice urging you to serve in an area of ministry in the church What was the first thing that comes to your mind? Cannot do lah, don’t have the strength, capability, limited resources and time and what excuses have we.

When God called Moses to deliver the Israelites from the Egyptian, did he respond with enthusiasm? No, he gave all the excuses he can find, not to do the work of the ministry. Read Exodus 3:11 to 4:17. However, have you ever consider why Moses was chosen for this work? May I suggest that he was called and his life experiences over the time he grew up in Egypt in the Pharaoh’s household plays an important part. What is equally important was the matter of his heart. He was ready to help those are oppressed. This was seen when he helped the Hebrew man who was beaten by the Egyptian and the ladies who were drawing water for their flocks. Exodus 2:11-12, 17

He heard God’s calling; God called him … and Moses said, “ Here I am” Thereafter there was a long dialogue where Moses began to give excuses “ Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt” However to his every excuse, God has an answer for him. After he left Egypt, he became a shepherd and all he has, was a staff in his hand and his experience of tending sheep. The staff in his hand was mightily used by God, performing miracles in the deliverance of God’s people. His experience in tending sheep that are usually stubborn and foolish at times came in handy.

Even with all the excuses, Moses finally accepted God’s call. Exodus 4:18 “ Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “ Let me go back to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”  Moses loves his people otherwise I believe he would not have taken heed to go.

What is God calling you to do today? To assist a brother to sweep the flood water in the sanctuary whilst the rest continue to worship the LORD, do it. Thank you for the brothers who have helped during that episode, you are not forgotten. I am sure many have been encouraged and build up by your act of kindness.

Are you called to teach, to pray, to sing, to speak a word of encouragement, to cook, to send an sms of encouragement, to visit someone and so on, do it. Thank you to all the brothers and sisters who have served and continue to serve in one way or another in the church and community so that we are able to spur each other up to love and good works.

Today, the church needs more than ever the participation of every believer to serve in the various aspect of the church community life with love. We are all call to ministry; a Godly ministry so that the every believer in the local church is able to edify one another and build each other up.

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love each another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. What do you have in your hand? Give it to God and He will enable you to do great and mighty things for His glory.

Do what we can by giving what we have. We all have something that we can give. So the conclusion of the matter is: Do what we can, because we love one another for God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in Him.

Acts 20:32. Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did I showed by his kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Rom 15: 1-3a. We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbour for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself…

1 Th 5:11. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Rom 14:19. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Heb 3:4. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything


Brother David Chua Eng Bee