Scripture accounts continually reveal God calling out and directing His people. The Word portrays our sovereign, heavenly Father as purposefully involved in individual, national and eternal ways. Even while we believe the scripture accounts, we flirt with doubt about His personal involvement in our own lives. Perhaps a modern-day story of ‘God calling’ will give us insights into the directions He may be calling us!
The first call Rick heard from God was over 30 years ago. Hearing and heeding that call opened the door for Rick’s spirit to taste and see the glory of relating to His heavenly Father. His life has never been the same—except he continues to hear and heed God’s calls. Thrilled with the joy of fellowship with his Father God, Rick immediately desired to tell others of His amazing, generous, gracious God! A life work of church planting ensued with the past decade being spent here in
Over the years, Rick learned that fresh challenges in life are gifts from God to grow His children spiritually. God’s calls are never without challenge, yet the specialized, individual timing and design of God’s calls assures the beauty that will flow from obedience. The Martins most recent call from God builds upon all the lessons of the past and offers vistas that inspire a trembling teacher.” With Telmo’s voice, God began weaving a new call into the hearts of the Martins. The call of God is like that—it weaves lives together in a perfectly timed design. His call comes through His word and His people. It takes various forms: desires of the heart, deep burdens and even circumstances. Heeding God’s call involves a joyful trust in His love and power…a trust strong enough to embrace change and relinquish self-designed plans.
When God began calling the Martins, the needs and demands of the
Refusing the fear and selfishness of ignoring God’s call, the Martins (and their 16 year-old daughter) are preparing to embrace this new faith-building challenge. As Rick relates,
The love of God compels the Martin family. The souls perishing without the experience of God’s glorious grace draw them away from earthly concerns and into the designs of God. Undoubtedly
The call of God always flows from His love. Is the love of God compelling you? Perhaps God is speaking to your heart through the Martins story. That, too, is a fruit of heeding the call of God: inspiring others to listen and obey. Let them know about it! Take time to encourage them and pray for them. More information on their call is available at www.missionsperu.org; by calling 240-3755; or writing to
The Martins covet the prayers of their Christian brothers and sisters: prayers for strength, faith and divine workings. They invite others to join them in their ministry in physical ways as well—on trips or with financial gifts. Most of all they long for others to enjoy the glory of God! The call of God is unique to every heart. It changes lives. Hear Him. Heed Him.