In an old Primal clip was a young radical leader who was sold out to the cause of Christ. He was radical. That young radical leader was me and I'm still here and in faith for the future.
But we can lose somethings along the way and as Christians, our calling is to keep the faith, to keep our radical spirit alive or we just become a religious version of the world.
Ephesians 4:1 NIV As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
As a prisoner for the Lord, then,
Paul accepted the cost of serving God - in fact, he embraced it! The books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus are all testament to his commitment. It is Paul who writes some of the most inspiring words - from prison. Paul calls himself a prisoner for the Lord.
Great soldiers are those who know they are dead already - Bruce Monk
Unless we are fully surrendered to the will of God:
We will never see his power manifest in our lives
We can live with kingdom potential our whole lives but never see it realised
We are on a charge against religious Christianity - let us not be those that come to church sometimes, not connected, not serving... no mission! There is no power, no breakthrough in religion.
I urge you
Paul is so passionate about people stepping out of their old life because he had the most dramatic transformation. He urges us to make the change.
To step forward into the kingdom life, into a life of faith.
To reject the old life.
To hear from God.
The call of God is not a big billboard blaring its message.
It is a whisper from God... and like a divine window that opens for you, there's always timing on it. If we miss that, we miss our future in God. Andrew and Simon dropped their nets and followed Jesus when they heard the call.
Matthew 4:18-20 NIV As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." At once they left their nets and followed him.
Imagine if Peter didn't drop those nets! He could have made all the usual excuses: I'm just getting my life together, it's not a god time for me...
The call of God never comes at a good time - it comes at God's time.
Peter's nets were good - he had a job, he was being productive but it wasn't God's best for Peter. There would be no New Testament church without him leaving his nets!
Leave Your Nets
Why don't more Christians respond to the call of God?
1 We feel unworthy of the call
Christ made you worthy. You are worthy of his call. Don't try and earn God's favour - walk in it!
2 Fear to step into the call
Don't live on the fringe of the kingdom. Let your faith overcome fear.
Every Christian has been here - Don't let one bad situation derail your future. This is an easy win for the Devil - discouraged Christians do not rise to the call. Offload discouragement - forgive and enter in.
4 A busy life
If we are too busy for the call of God - we need to change our priorities!
5 A good life/ordinary life
Christ did not save us so we could live a good life. He saved us out of sin and darkness so we could live int he light and be the light of the world! Don't settle for a normal life - reach out for a supernatural life!
To live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
We can't change the calling. This is the high call of God - don't try and bargain him down, instead let him lift you up! We only have one life that we can't live again.
Let's get the radical back in our lives! You weren't born for insignificance. Get your radical back is getting back to the call of God upon your life.
Come back to the person God created you to be.
Leave your nets and follow the call of God!