See Your Calling

May 9, 2014

1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Erwin Lutzer was speaking about D. L. Moody and mentioned that it was said of Moody that he had a combined persona of Peter, Paul and John. That is quite a mixture. He also did things that made people call him “Crazy Moody”. Describing Moody’s pulpit and chair we can see that he was short and as Erwin put it “rotund”. Moody had a fifth grade education and his first converts and ministry were to the poor and outcasts, but in his ministry he spoke in colleges like Cambridge and started four schools. It has been estimated that he won 1.5 million people to Christ. Ironically, his associate would be Dr. R. A. Torrey who studied at some of the finest German universties. Imagine a highly trained theologian being the associate of a fifth grade dropout.

Today Moody would have had to do ministry much as he did it then if he were to achieve what he did.  He was not accepted, at first, by the respectable church and theologians.  He would have neve been called to a church as he was not well trained nor good looking or height weight proportionate.  He would hve had to fund his own Sunday School and ultimately start his own church.  He would have never met the requirements of current job descriptions for pastors and staff that we find today.  Even if he could have met them as Charles Spurgeon might have had a shot at them both he and Spurgeon would have been turned away by some because of their beards and others because they both weighed 350 pounds.  Indeed, many of the people God has used greatly over the years would not have been able to serve in most churches today because they were not eloquent, highly trained and some would even be considered too plain or flat out ugly by current standards.

I once was being offered a position of Minister of Christian Education in a church where the pastor proudly chastised Baptists as being too legalistic.   I had gone with the kids to a winter camp.  I was told on the bus ride to the camp that I needed to have a short ten minute devotion every hour and preach a half hour message at lunch both Saturday and Sunday.   I hate snow, but I was out playing with the kids anyway.   A few days later I was asked to meet with the pastor at Burger King.  He bought me lunch and praised me highly for the way I handled the weekend and wanted me to come serve on one condition.  He wanted me to lose weight.  I have struggled with weight most of my life even when I was in the military as I come from a long line of short, fat Germans  so I knew I was “rotund”.   I laughed and said something like why not bring me to a salad bar instead of Burger King if my weight concerns you.  Also, for a man who despises legalism is it not odd that your bible must say, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ wieght 130 pounds and thou shalt be saved and be able to serve.  I was unemployed and desperately needed the money, but I told him that I did not want my ability to serve God determined by what I weighed and my tenure determined by the scales.

Isn’t it interesting that 1 Timothy 3 and Ephesians 4 do not speak to physical attributes of those gifted for various places in the Body?  Doesn’t even speak to education, eloqution or barely any of the things that are required by churches and other ministries today?  Indeed, how could the Bible speak to those things when the passage we have before us indicates that the bulk of the saved would not have such backgrounds to have those qualities?   Paul was well trained, but not very eloquent.  He was nothing to look upon in his natural state, but being nearly blind and at some point severely scarred by stonings and scourgings it might have even been hard to look at him.  How in the world did God use such a fellow?  Once had a fellow tell me that a church that was asking him to come and preach asked him if he wore glasses becaue they did not want a pastor with glasses.  Trying to find a place to minister can feel like Goldilocks and the three bears.

What if Moody would have accepted the criticisms of his day? He was a successful shoe salesmen.  We might be still be wearing Moody shoes for your mood.  Instead, he overcame all that nonsense and trusted God.  There are at least 1.5 million people in Heaven that are really glad that he did!  We are in a sad state of affairs and it is time to put away nonsense and seek God when we are looking for someone to minister in whatever capacity.  We have to put down our business world criterias and stop looking at externals.  You may be turning away the next Moody and Spurgeon.  Indeed, if you caused them to stumble and fail because of your petty preferences you will have to answer for that one day.  We are to encourage people to serve Christ, not shoot them dow because of some elitest concept.

My brothers, if you are called to preach/teach then get on your computer and start a blog, a website, use resources like, etc.  Go to the jails, nursing homes, rescue missions.  Knock on doors and win people to Christ.   You can serve God no matter what people may say about you.  That is not to say that you should not be in a church.  Just because they may have some not so biblical standards for service doesn’t mean they are completely off kilter.  You may be the one called to that Body to change their mind when they see what God is doing through you.  There came a time when the people who called Moody, Crazy Moody, switched and called him Brother Moody.

See your calling!  If you are weak, foolish and base you have three grand items on your spiritual resume.  Give yourself to God and watch Him use you to confound the world and maybe even your church and denomination.  You might even get a PhD as an assistant. Glory in the Lord and see what He can do through you that man said could not be done!  Maranatha!



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