Thursday, September 16, 2010

WHALE WARS (1st in a series) "God Is Calling You"

(My note taking from Sunday, if you trust it. From Dr. Chris at FBC Ruston.)

Jonah 1:1-2

The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come before me."

* What could God be calling you to do?

1. Salvation -- 2 Cor. 6: 1-2 "...Now is the day of salvation..."
2. Go Back to Him -- Rev 3:20 "...I stand at the door and knock..." a verse written, in context, for Christ followers
3. A Specific Act of Obedience -- Jonah 1:2 "Go to Nineveh..."
4. A Specific Life Direction -- Jonah 1:2 "Go to Nineveh and preach...

Jonah lived 2 miles from Nazareth, 500 miles from Nineveh, in about 750 BC. Many of us have placed our direction on a life of east and comfort. But Jonah was being asked of God to do something very difficult and uncomfortable.

* Some Costs of Answering The Call
1. It Won't Always Make Sense: Ninevites/Assyrians were the great enemy of the Jews; Jonah was a Jew
2. You Often Won't Want to Do It: Jonah didn't; he was a racist, and pretty smart, knowing he'd likely get killed. But God is not as concerned about our comfort as he is about getting us where he wants us to be, for his sake and for my good.

* It Is Always Best For Everyone in the Long Run (to answer the call)
* God Is Calling You Today. What Will You Do With The Call?