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Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Called by God to Serve program on being Called by God to Serve. This Called by God to Serve journey looks at the being Called by God to Serve message and asks what does Called by God to Serve mean, what is the Called by God to Serve purpose, why are certain people called by God to serve, who is being called by God to serve, how do you know if you are being called by God to serve, what to do when called by God to serve, why is the Called by God to Serve message important, what is the Called by God to Serve message and how does being called by God to serve affect your Christian walk. Let us seek and find the truth in the Bible of being called by God to serve with Called by God to Serve message and Called by God to Serve training in this Called by God to Serve Bible study, shall we?


 

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STEP ONE

THE JOURNEY BEGINS

 

WELCOME
 

 REMEMBER TO ESTABLISH TRUST YOU MUST ESTABLISH TRUTH

I TRUST that I may congratulate you for waiting!

Ecclesiastes 7:8  
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

If you have already completed the C-O-O-L Confidential Christian Counseling (CCCC) program here at Christianity Oasis, you may find some things in this program that you have already learned, but this is a fantastic refresher and as we are to renew our faith frequently, it will establish these things even more solidly within you.

It's so very exciting that you have chosen to walk this  path as one called by God to serve, and to take one step at a time, because you have discovered something that is about to change your life ...

And the lives of others!

Before we begin today ... A little reminder.

Being called by God to serve does not require one to be anything other than willing. 

Never forget that it is God who chooses who is called by God to serve.

Others and even we ourselves can believe that we are unworthy, but God sees within us not what we are now, but what we can become ... 

And God chooses those who the world finds unworthy.

Remember ...

 

1 Corinthians 1:26-28
For ye see
your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 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; 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.

Let me ask you a few questions ...

What if you could change your life and find what your purpose was?
What if you could find and use awesome spiritual gifts that are within you?
 What if you could use these spiritual gifts to change other people's lives for the better?
 
How would you like to do that ... For God?

If the answer is ... YES ...
 
You may have been called by God to serve!

Do you believe in coincidence?

Do you think that things just happen by luck or chance?

Or do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

What if you were led to Christianity Oasis by God so that you would find this Many Called Few Chosen path because you have been called by God to serve, right now, at this very time in your life, and God has a plan for you to do amazing things for Him and His cause!

Ponder on it ... What IF it is true and you are called by God to serve?

You have a great opportunity before you.

Do YOU believe that you can make a difference in the world today?

GOD DOES !!!

The Bible is clear that God calls many to REPRESENT Him ...

But, the Bible also says that few of those called are actually chosen to serve Him.

Matthew 22:14
Many are CALLED, but few are chosen.

Remember WHY few people are chosen?

Because few CHOOSE to REPRESENT Him!

They get all caught up in the worldly things that are going on and CHOOSE that instead.

God made it clear in the Bible that He would be putting HIS SPIRIT (that is the Holy Spirit) in all people and they would do GREAT things for Him.

Acts 2:17-18
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon ALL flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall
prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.

God promised that he was going to give all people the opportunity to represent him.

It is up to you as to what you will choose to do with your calling.

God will pour out His Spirit on people and they will be given ... Special POWERS.

These powers are called Spiritual Gifts!

Are you one of these sons and daughters
 who is called by God to serve?

Most people in the Bible whether they were young or old ...

NEVER thought that THEY would be called ... But they were.

And they did awesome works by showing God's Glory in their words and works.

REMEMBER !!!

With God, those things which we deem as impossible, are possible with GOD.

Luke 18:27
And He said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

We need only BELIEVE ...

Mark 9:23
Jesus said unto him,
If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Maybe you're thinking, "Wow, I'm nobody important, what could I possibly do?" ...

Did you know that the prophet Jeremiah was just a child when God chose him to be a
prophet?

Check this out ...

Jeremiah 1:5-7
(God told Jeremiah) Before I formed thee ... I
ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, (Jeremiah) Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 

 Did you catch that?

Before we were even born, God knew who He was going to call ...

So, being called by God to serve is predestined and being called by God to serve is a privilege.

The next generation of Christian soldiers is called to fight the good fight of faith and to REPRESENT.

This world is at war with an invisible enemy called the devil, who is out to capture as many souls as he possibly can.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour ...

Just take a look around you and you can see the devil's work in action ... 

IT'S ONLY GETTING WORSE.  

This invisible enemy of our soul likes to use our THOUGHTS which cause our EMOTIONS to react against us ...

You know, anger, jealousy, greed, hate, fear, lust, doubt, pride ...

All kinds of ugly things that mankind has a real tough time fighting against ... He is winning a lot of souls over because FEW CHOOSE to fight ... Most just surrender and follow the worldly trends.

My friend, it is your duty as a Christian soldier not to surrender.

It's also your job to protect and defend others that are caught up in his web of lies. God is counting on you.

Before we take on such an important task together, it is important that we become ...

FRIENDS

As you know, friendship is based on TRUTH, which builds TRUST. So I will be sharing a lot of TRUTH with you.

We will be talking about some very serious topics while our friendship grows.

One thing about TRUTH ...

It's not always what people want to hear, but a true friend knows that even though the TRUTH may hurt sometimes, it is the only CHOICE if you want a strong friendship.

Proverbs 27:6 
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are
deceitful.

In other words, a true friend will always tell the TRUTH, even though it may hurt. Someone telling you what you want to hear may make you feel better, but it will hurt worse than the TRUTH did, in the end.

This is the first TRUTH that I share with you as your new friend ...

You MUST increase your Faith.


Faith CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS. 

Matthew 17:20
Verily I say unto you, IF ye have Faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Think about what Jesus just promised for a sec ...

IF WE HAVE Faith WE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS!

Cool huh?

Jesus is saying that if you have even a little REAL Faith, that YOU could say to a mountain, move from here to over there, and it would.

In other words, He is saying that with FAITH ... Nothing is impossible.

Which means ...

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!


But ... What is Faith?
  
Faith ... Means to BELIEVE something with all your mind and heart.

It is also HOPE in the unseen.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Sooooooo, Jesus is saying that if we BELIEVE, we can make anything happen.

 

Despite whether it is seen or not.

Despite whether it seems possible or not.

The essential ingredient is belief ... Faith.

We must believe He can.

Not we can ... But He can through us.



BELIEF is like a flowing river.

Picture a flowing river in your mind. Imagine throwing a leaf into that flowing river, what is going to happen?

You guessed it, the leaf will flow the same way the river is flowing.

It doesn't matter what you throw into the river of FAITH ... It flows the same way.

Whether your BELIEFS are good, bad, happy or sad ...

They will come to life with ... BELIEF.

So, doing the simple spiritual math ...

What you BELIEVE ... You RECEIVE.

Matthew 21:22 
And all things, WHATSOEVER ye shall ask in prayer, BELIEVING, ye shall receive.

Lots of lost and hurting souls need our help out there, and the world is a big place.
 
Neither one of us can do this alone, but my friend, as a TEAM ...

We can do it TOGETHER.
 

Matthew 18:19-20
"If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them."

So, let's see if we understand this correctly.

JESUS promised Ö If we ourselves and another Christian agree, we can ask ANYTHING in His name, and it will be done.

IF WE BELIEVE IN ACCORD !!!

It sounds like a MIRACLE, doesnít it?

My new friend ... Are you ready for God to work some miracles through you?

By taking part in this program, you're making a CHOICE. You're taking a leap of Faith.

Know what that is? 

That is when you attempt something that could only happen ... With Faith.

Are you a tiny bit scared?

That feeling isn't fear.

You're supposed to feel that.

Why?

Because you can't do it alone ... That means you MUST depend on JESUS to help you!

Learn the TRUTH about that feeling, it's not fear, it's called dependence, and God is waiting for you to reach for His hand and become dependent upon His Holy Spirit.

If you ever feel like you have got it all under control and you can conquer anything alone ...

That's when you've let go of God's hand.

That is when we begin to sink as Peter did when he saw the raging waters.

Matthew 14:28-31
And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And He (Jesus) said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

So, we must kick DOUBT to the curb ...

Mark 11:22-24
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

 

 CHOICE

Choice is something that God gives to each of us.

It's called FREE WILL.

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FREE WILL

We are FREE to do whatever we WILL.

Your CHOICE to be a Christian is the most important CHOICE of your life. 

You REPRESENT Christ.

As your friend, I'll tell you the TRUTH ... Most people won't agree with the CHOICE that you have made to REPRESENT Christ. Being a Christian, you
bear His name. You ARE different, because the world is heading in a VERY different direction than the direction that leads to God, and they WILL try over and over to tell you that EVERYBODY is doing this, or EVERYBODY is doing that, so THEIR way must be right, and you must be wrong.

My friend, you are not EVERYBODY else. And you are not wrong. 

You are different ... You are special ...

You are called.

You don't follow all the other sheep to the slaughter, so to speak. You are not afraid of the responsibility it takes to lead a righteous life. You have a stronger conscience than most people and you recognize what's right and wrong much easier than EVERYBODY else because you CHOOSE to. You want to live THE WAY that Jesus taught.

John 14:6
I am THE WAY, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

So ... What's this program all about? It's about building your Christian character. It's about gaining wisdom and knowledge that will enhance your Faith. It's about strengthening your armor against the enemy, the devil. It's about living THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE, that is taught to us by our Savior Jesus Christ, and sharing the light of what you learn with others, who will in turn share it with still others. This program is about building an army of Christian soldiers for God, to defend the Faith and REPRESENT in a world that is quickly becoming faithless. It's about reaching out to other people and making a difference in their lives, for the glory of GOD!

Have you ever heard of the ripple effect? It's where you throw a stone into the water, which causes a ripple, which causes more ripples, which causes more and more and more, spreading out wider and wider and wider, until the whole pool is filled with ripples! YOU can be a stone, and make it happen ... For GOD! You'll change a few lives, and they'll each change a few, and so on and so on ... Here's a picture that'll give you an idea of this ripple effect.

 By choosing to REPRESENT Christ, you choose to share Jesus' life, through you, with others, because you're ONE with Him. People see Him in you ... In the things you do, the way you act, the way you talk, the way you live ... YOUR words and deeds are a reflection of Him because you were made in His image and you choose to reflect that.
 
Jesus told us that it's our duty, it's our job to be doing this as you'll find out in just a moment. There's a story which Jesus told, that I'd like to share with you. After the story, we'll talk about the message that's in it.

THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS

Matthew 25:14-30
For the kingdom of Heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents (a certain amount of money), to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness:
there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

WOW ... Okay now I know that it may be a little hard to understand what Jesus was saying but that was His INTENT.

He spoke in parables.

Parables are short stories that Jesus used to show us how we should live our lives. 

But why? Why did Jesus speak in parables?

That is exactly what the Apostles asked Jesus and this is what He said.

Matthew 13:10-11
And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them,
Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

In this particular parable we just looked at ... WE are the servants of the Lord.

The talents in this story represent money, BUT Jesus was using it to symbolize the spiritual gifts given to us by God to REPRESENT Him. If we CHOOSE to use those gifts to help His lost children find TRUTH we are blessed with more spiritual rewards.

We can NOT choose to be as the ostrich and stick our head in the sand proclaiming ... "I got mine."

If we choose NOT to use these gifts as to glorify Him and bring in His sheep, we lose all that He gave us.

Oh yeah ... And this part which Jesus said:

And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

CHOOSING to do nothing ... Is also a choice. 

PONDER ON THAT ...

But, we need not worry of this as we do CHOOSE to serve Him.

We have an exciting adventure ahead of us. 

As you build your faith, your character and your integrity as a Christian, you're really taking your talents, and glorifying the Lord. Others will see the results in your life and as you share your faith with them, you are leading people to the Lord. You'll find that He will begin putting you in situations where others need you to help them grow in their faith, and then my friend, the ONE you REPRESENT, will bless you abundantly!

You are also beginning a lifestyle that will lead you through a happy life on earth, and life everlasting.

These aren't just pretty words ... They are TRUTH!

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. As people get older, they get set in their ways and it's difficult for them to change their beliefs and habits even if they're wrong. As the saying goes, 'It's hard for a leopard to change it's spots.' But you ... Being called by The Holy Spirit to REPRESENT, you have the opportunity to repaint your spots wherever you like, or you can choose stripes or anything you choose. If you choose TRUTH, just think of all the future heartache you save yourself from. 

As I said before, my friend, many people will want to discourage you, because they BELIEVE that it's not cool to be a Christian.

Many people may be jealous, because they don't have the will power to REPRESENT. To REPRESENT means being strong. Just ask yourself when people disagree with your choice ...

Do I want to please people, or do I want to please God?

It is not the popular thing to do.

It is different.

You are different.

You are called and you choose to be chosen.

They may reject you.

Don't give in.

Jesus said:

Matthew 5:10-12
Blessed are they which are
persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

It is a shame game.

Don't be ashamed to stand up for your beliefs. 

Matthew 10:32-33
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

In other words, the way you REPRESENT Christ, is the way He will REPRESENT you, before God! Stand up for Him and He will stand up for you.

But REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID ...

And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

You can't please 'em all so ya may as well please the Lord.

Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

The times we live in are changing rapidly.

Unfortunately, as technology is increasing, so is the wickedness and evil in the world.

Who will be the leaders of the future?

Who will REPRESENT?

The answer is  ... YOU! ...

Jesus is counting on YOU to carry on His LIGHT into the world. 

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 Are you called by God to serve?

If so, being called by God to serve requires effort because that is one of the most important administrations known to man because you are reaching for God's lost children.

 


STEP #1

I would like for you to CHOOSE to start a Christian journal for this program.

I would like for you to consider starting a personal journal of your own, so you can look back and see your progress throughout the program. In your Christian journal, I would like for you to CHOOSE to share whatever comes to mind and heart, just as others are doing that are on the Many Called Few Chosen path.

You can create one at home or if you prefer, you can use the Christianity Oasis Many Called Few Chosen forum and share thoughts with others who are on the path, have completed the path or have been answering the call of the Lord for years.

If you are already a member, you could use the Many Called Few Chosen Forum to post your blogs.

If you are not a member yet ...

IF you CHOOSE TO do so ... You can register below AFTER YOU COMPLETE READING THIS PAGE.

 

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Once you have registered and arrive at the Main page which is the Sanctuary page, on your left is a "forums" link ... Click that and then the forums page will pop up. On the Forums page, locate the Many Called Few Chosen Forum as to post your journal and perhaps read the posts of others who have been called to serve the Lord.

Whether your journal be online or at home ...

Be sure to write in your journal each day throughout the program.

Each day is a new day, with new thoughts and ideas and questions.

When you are done with today's sharing of thoughts ... I want you to ponder on all that we have talked about today. You can reread this page at any time and as many times as you like ...

BUT please CHOOSE not to go on to the next step until tomorrow.   

Continuing in EACH step daily is so very important.

Go back over each step often to be sure you have not missed anything.



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