Vintage message from August 31, 1997.
Oftentimes God will put a calling on our life. He’ll put a desire in our heart. He’ll lead us to something, but you know what? We face that which God has called us to with fear. We look to the future with uncertainty. We say, “I don’t know how I can do this! I don’t know how I can get through this!” But if God has called us to it, if God wants us to be part of it, if it’s God doing the work, we have nothing to fear. God will fulfill whatever He has called us to do in our lives because He’s the One Who has the power! We do not have any power or any ability, any strength whatsoever to fulfill God’s call or God’s purpose in our lives. Do you realize that? Just because God may have called you does not mean that you have the strength or the ability to do it. You still have to trust God to do it. And if you trust God to fulfill what He’s called you to, then He will. He will bring it to a conclusion… God is always true to His Word. God is always, always powerful enough to fulfill whatever He’s called us to…
Do we care more for the truth of the Gospel? Do we care more that Jesus Christ came to this earth, that He died on the cross, He gave up everything He was for us — do we care more for that fact than we do for the comfortable lives that we’re living?… Do you realize that if you have a relationship with Jesus Christ today, that you no longer have an identity with the world? That you no longer have an identity with ‘them’ but you have your identity with ‘Him’… Does our life identify more with the world than it does with Jesus? Are the statements we make, the things we do, the life we live related more to the the things of the world that to the things of Christ? These are the questions I think we really need to ask ourselves.
Pastor Dave Elkins