Matthew 5:13-16 [Jesus says], “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” The Message
In Numbers 22:26-28, it says, “Then the Angel of the Lord went further, and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. And when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam’s anger was aroused, and he struck the donkey with his staff. Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”
The story goes on to say that the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes and he saw the Angel of the Lord, and fell on his face. The Lord was very displeased with Balaam for what he was wanting to do, so He sent the Angel to kill Balaam. But the donkey saved Balaam from being killed. You can read the whole story in Numbers Chapters 22-24.
The moral of this story is this: If the Lord can use a donkey to get His message out to people in the world, maybe He can even use you and me. Praise the Lord!
In reference to Oswald Chambers devotional of Sept 29, about Paul saying in 1 Corinthians 9:16, that he is compelled to preach the Gospel, I have also felt the desire to preach, but I have felt that it was me and not God’s Spirit, calling me to preach. Like me wanting to get praises and glory for me, rather than for God.
And I’ve been at a loss to explain why I would have been ordained as a minister of the Gospel under the circumstances I was, and then not be driven, compelled to start a church, or start to preach, instead of just being called to pray and talk to a relatively few people on an individual or very small group basis. But I do feel called (compelled) to pray and talk to a few at a time about Jesus. (even though praying and sharing our stories about Jesus are for everybody)
That kind of “small” calling is not treated often in the literature, but it is in the Bible. And Paul preached, sometimes to large groups, but usually to small ones (probably not as small as the groups I talk to, LOL) see 1 Corinthians 1:25-31. I am surrounded by people who are involved in “small callings” and I am convinced ( the Spirit speaks to my heart) God uses the small things of this world to overcome the mighty, and this is the way God touches peoples’ lives, more often than not.