Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Do What God Has For You

William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, began his ministry as a pastor. God burdened his heart for the people of London who lived and worked in the poorest section of the city. He would go there day after day and night after night to preach the Gospel and witness to the lost. But leaders of his denomination did not like it and called him to appear before their council.

After they outlined their complaints against him as a pastor, he asked, “May I enter evangelistic work?”

“No!” they answered, and offered him a compromise.

His wife Catherine was standing in the gallery. Upon hearing the decision of the council, she stood up, waved her handkerchief and shouted, “Never!”

Booth sprang to his feet, waved his hat “goodbye,” met his wife at the door and together they went out to launch the Salvation Army.

God has something significant for each of us to do. He has a place for us to be and a job for us to do. And He will give us the skills and talents to do what He has called us to do. But we must be willing to hear and ready to serve.

Prayer: Help each of us, Father, to be open to Your voice and available to Your call. May we listen carefully for Your call and follow Your instructions as we seek to do Your work. In Christ’s Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 28:18-29

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