Back in the early part of August I was preparing for my sermon. There was something in the passage that resonated in my heart. Little did I know then what God was preparing for Matthea and I. I am re-posting that post here:
I am preaching this week from Acts 12:25-13:3 where Paul and Barnabas are set apart for their first missionary journey. I have been struck by this idea…God won’t use you for something else until you are done what He has called you to do. This is what I mean; in this passage Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch after they had completed their relief mission to Jerusalem. It goes without saying they could not be sent out from Antioch until they returned from their previous assignment. Verse 2 goes on to say while they were ministering the Holy Spirit spoke to them about their next assignment. You see, they were working faithfully in what they had been called to do and then the Holy Spirit calls them to something else.
Everyone else probably understands this already. To me it was like a fresh perspective this morning. God calls us to serve Him in various ways and at various times. We don’t get the next assignment until we have faithfully completed the first one. Wherever we are, we must be serving Christ. To do any less may keep the Holy Spirit from revealing His will for us. I guess here is a bottom line…continue doing what God has called you to right now and keep doing it faithfully until He calls you to something else!
We have faithfully served the Lord at Ca-Vel Baptist for over 4 1/2 years now. God has called us to a new place. Lord willing we will be moving Feb. 16th to Durham, NC to Cresset Baptist Church. We have prayed much over these past 3 months and met some wonderful people who love Jesus at Cresset. It has been very obvious to me what the Lord is appointing us to in this next phase our our lives. We thank the Lord for the opportunity to minister to the precious people at Ca-Vel these past years. I thank Ca-Vel Church for asking a young guy right out of Seminary, who had never been a Senior Pastor, to be their Pastor.