“Christ’s Answers Lovingly
Lead, Imparting Nurturing Grace!” (C.A.L.L.I.N.G)
This devotional is taken from the archives of Gospel of Mark, chapter 5.
(Psalm 29, Proverbs 29, and Mark 6:2-3)
the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard
him were amazed."
"Where did this man get
these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom that has been given him,
that he even does miracles! Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's
son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his
sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.” (Mark 6:2-3, NIV)
myself what questions those that heard Jesus asked.
Isn’t this the
Isn’t this the
brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon?
sisters here with us?
myself what their reaction was after the questions.
And they took offense at him.
I decided to focus on point 1
myself what is the significance of their question, “Isn’t this the
As a carpenter, they would have
expected Jesus to make crosses, tables, chairs or anything made of wood.
They did not expect Jesus to teach in the Synagogue, amazing the crowds
with His wisdom and miracles. And yet that’s what Jesus did! Many of
them must have known Jesus to be in the carpentry business to think
‘isn’t this the carpenter?’. Now Jesus was amazing them with His Words
and miracles, so they wondered how that could be. What they do not
realize is Jesus had a calling and it was in God’s timing. Jesus went
from being a carpenter to the cross for us.
I saw important implications for
my own life here. Jesus was in the business of carpentry but He also had
a higher calling while He was on earth. Whatever my job is if the Lord
wants to use me, he can. My job may have nothing to do with ministry but
the Lord can open doors to ministry if that is His calling for me. He
will give me the words and power to do ministry for Him and His Kingdom.
This means even though my credentials might be in academia, He can still
use me in other areas.
I am reminded of my own life
when I felt called into the ministry after getting my degree in
Psychology. Originally my mission had been to counsel broken hearts with
the love of Christ. Later, I felt my mission was the University of
Pittsburgh campus where I saw myself as a missionary from India and the
campus being a country. The dormitories were small cities for me that I
wanted to reach with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The class rooms became
small towns. My student ID became my VISA to get entrance into the
country of Pitt. I realized to reach the population of Pitt, I needed to
adapt to Pitt culture. So, I would go to games and become an avid fan in
hopes of making people see that a follower of Christ can have fun too. I
would take classes as a means to reach students with the Gospel. More
than anything, I decided tent-making where I would work within the
University to make a living and have opportunities to present the
People would wonder and still
wonder what I am doing at Pitt when I have different degrees with
multiple minors and can do as high as U.S. Secret Service. Yet, I have
felt so strong about ministry. The answer for me is God’s calling.
I have been honored to do campus
ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for couple of years at
Pitt and meet students from other chapters too. Now I work full-time
within Pitt but it is a blessing because of the opportunities to still
do ministry. I love my job as a means to do ministry when opportunities
I share this with you because
people can think something about you but when you sense God’s calling
and act out in faith, it could baffle them and confuse them but just as
Jesus continued to teach in the synagogue and do miracles because it was
God’s calling for Him, I want to continue doing ministry aside
from my other callings. As I go out in faith, if I make a wrong
choice, I know the Lord will make it right before it is too late.
Even though I had not been
ordained as a pastor because I do not have a seminary degree, I felt I
should do ministry online and did it for almost 40 hrs a week aside from
my job few years ago. People online asked me if I was a pastor. That
was very touching but more than anything it confirmed to me that I did
not need a seminary degree to preach the Gospel and be used by the Lord
as I allow His Holy Spirit to work in me and through me. They also sent
me money so I could continue to do the ministry and cut down my job
hours. I knew the Lord was using me to save souls on the internet,
disciple people, and make an impact on campus too. It is because of His
will and choosing as I make myself available to Him.
Just as many thought what Jesus
was doing did not match His profession, it is possible people could
think the same way about you. But the bottom line is whatever we are
called to do, the Lord will provide the means and the way. He is the One
that helps to present the Gospel to others and share what I have been
learning in my devotional times with others. I do not worry that I do
not have a seminary degree because I know the Holy Spirit can speak
through me as His vessel when He chooses and most of all through His
Word. He can use you too but you have to follow God's calling. I do not
have a seminary degree not because I do not want it. If the Lord calls
me into seminary, I need to go but that is not my calling right now.
I ask you
now dear friend, what is your calling?
Dear friend, each of us may be in a position right now that is not our
calling. So, people only identify us based on our occupation title:
isn’t this the carpenter, isn’t this the engineer, isn’t this the
doctor, etc but we can still be engaged in ministry. We can remain in our
profession and still do ministry for the Lord if that is how He has
called us. At other times, we will be asked to leave the profession we
are in and take up the new calling.
The Lord who calls you to
anything will always provide the means and support to get you through.
He will never call you to something without properly equipping,
enabling, and empowering you. So whatever your calling is, trust in the
Lord and in the power of His might. It is not by might, nor by power,
but by my Spirit says the Lord. It is possible to have multiple callings
and the Lord will bless them if it be His will for you.
You can be called to be a doctor
and do missionary work as a doctor; you can be called to be a lawyer and
work for a Christian law firm such as American Center for Law and
Justice (ACLJ); you can be called to be an Engineer and also a Sunday
school teacher; you could be called to be a pastor and also be called to
be married, etc.
The important thing is seeking
the Lord to know your calling. If it is a career, academics,
relationships, etc seek the Lord and His will, then He will make it
known to you and give you the peace. If the Lord speaks to you through
His peace being instilled in you, you know He will instill that peace
for you, for the decisions you have to make. I have also seen the Lord
use other people to give others peace about a decision to know if that
is God’s calling. The Lord can also directly speak to you through His
Word about His calling for you and give you the peace regarding that
calling. Whatever the way the Lord chooses to speak to you, act in faith
and leave the results in the Lord’s Hands.
If the Lord has called you to
something and you are sure about it, He will make sure it happens. If it
does not happen then many times we misread the calling and need to seek
the Lord to make it clear to us. He will make it clear in the ways He
speaks to us! Most of all we have His Word to direct us and lead us, as
we depend on Him through prayer and also the help He wants to give us
through His Church. It is important to remember that every calling of
God also has His perfect timing whether it be a career change,
academics, or relationships. His will could be, that something is His
calling for your life but He has to match it with His perfect timing.
May you know your calling and be
assured of it, for Jesus will not take you on any path of calling
without equipping, enabling, and empowering you! Amen! Turn to the Lord
in prayer and expect His loving answer for Christ's answers lovingly
lead imparting nurturing grace! Amen!
Answers Lovingly Lead Imparting Nurturing Grace!” (C.A.L.L.I.N.G)/”What
is your calling?”
Dear Jesus, thank you for letting me learn about calling. You Oh Lord
were a carpenter and yet you had a higher calling that amazed the crowds
and made them think how it could be. Lord, you know the jobs we have and
what we are called to. Sometimes, we go our own way and miss the calling
you have for our lives. Sometimes we even let love or our own
insecurities blind us from the calling you have for us. Forgive us when
we do that and take us on the right path please. Jesus, your children
are seeking you for different reasons and want to know your will. Some
need to know the job you want them to have, others need to know the one
you want them to seek as their partner in marriage. Even those who date
need to know if the one they are dating is the right one, if they
should be engaged, and then married. You alone Oh Lord have the answers
to our calling. You Oh Lord have a calling for our lives and we need and
want to know your will. We desire for your will and your way in our
lives so no matter what the outcome is we can have the peace that it is
the wisdom that came from you. Please help us Lord. And Lord, there are
times we need to believe and go out in faith when we feel called
to something, so help us to do that as we depend on you. If we have made
the wrong choice, we thank you that you will point it out before it is
too late. We know you will because you go with us, are mighty to save,
delight in us, and quiet us with your love. We need that so much in our
lives as we seek you for the calling of our lives in all areas. Thank
you so much Jesus. Jesus, if what we believed to be your calling does
not seem to happen, please let our pain be covered by your peace if I
may ask Lord. Thank you so much Jesus. Thank you that you hear us
and have answered us! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
prayer if you want to come to Jesus Christ and let Him work in your
life. This is a similar to the prayer the person at church prayed.
Jesus, I do not know everything about you. I still have a lot of
questions but I heard how you heal people. I need your spiritual healing
and need you to transplant yourself into my life. I am so sorry
for my sin. My sin has separated me from you. There is nothing I can do
on my own to earn your forgiveness but you give it to me in your grace.
Thank you so much Jesus. I now come and say, I am so sorry for my all
sin. I confess to you my sin and repent of my sin. Help me please Jesus
and transform my life in your timing. Please forgive me of my sin and
cleanse me with your cleansing blood. Wash me and I will be whiter than
snow. Thank you so much Jesus. Please come into my heart Jesus and make
my heart your home. Live in me Jesus and I will live for you and serve
you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you Jesus for coming into my
heart and making my heart your home! Thank you Jesus for living in me
and helping me to live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my
life! Thank you for your forgiveness and grace. I gotta tell somebody
what you did for me Jesus. Before I even do that, I acknowledge you as
my Lord and Personal Savior! Thank you Jesus for being my Lord and
Personal Savior! Thank you Jesus you have heard my prayer and answered
me! Thank you Jesus that I am yours! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
Friend you may feel something
or may not feeling anything but do not go by your feelings. When you ask
Jesus to come into your life, He will and does. He will take over from
here as you depend on the Lord and let Him work in you and through you!
This is exciting friend! May each one that came to know Jesus be filled
with His Holy Spirit forever more and those that know Jesus come to know
Him more and more! Amen!
Get yourself involved in a campus Bible study,
fellowship, and most of all find a Bible believing church and be involved
to grow in your Christian walk with the Lord. They all need to be
supplements for your own precious time with the Lord in prayer and
meditating on His Word. If you need a Bible, please let me know!
As the movie DaVinci Code opened across the
theaters on May 19, 2006, which speaks against the church and most importantly
degrades the Name of Jesus Christ, we need to make ourselves available to
speak the truth to the falsity presented in the movie and the novel. If you
plan to watch the movie or have read the book and have questions or your
faith seems to be shaken, please email me or give me a call at 412-720-4579
so we can discuss the false claims in the book that are presented as fact
even though the book itself and the movie is presented as fiction. May the
Lord bless you and guide you!
If you need anyone to talk to, pray
with, or study the Bible with this Spring or Summer of 2006, you can email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 412-720-4579.
Please do not hesitate. One-one Bible studies
can be so powerful to because the Holy Spirit is still in the
"This is my work and I can do it
only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians
seriously do you T.E.S.T.I.F.Y to prophecy? (Sept 01, 05)
Who do you P.O.I.N.T to?
you take a S.T.A.N.D?" (Sept 03.05)
is your loving P.R.A.I.S.E? (Sept
do you handle T.E.M.P.T.A.T.I.O.N?" (Sept
controls your T.I.M.E?" (Sept 08, 05)
kind of P.R.O.F.E.S.S.I.O.N are you in?" (Sept 09,
T.E.A.C.H.I.N.G.S do you listen to?" (Sept 12,
C.A.P.T.I.V.I.T.Y are you facing today?" (Sept 15,
do you need H.E.A.L.I.N.G?" (Sept 19,
do you need an A.N.S.W.E.R?" (Sept 20,
do you find S.O.L.I.T.A.R.Y time with the
do you want to be C.L.E.A.N?" (Sept 22, 05)
"What do you actions C.A.U.S.E?" (Sept 24,05)
MARK: CHAPTER 2
kind of F.R.I.E.N.D are you?" (Sept 26,
does P.A.R.A.L.Y.S.I.S take hold of you?" (Sept 28,
are you thinking in your M.I.N.D?" (Sept 29,
do you represent by your A.C.T.I.O.N.S?" (Sept 30, 05)
do you look for A.C.C.E.P.T.A.N.C.E?" (Oct 04, 05)
"Who Do You I.N.V.I.T.E?" (Oct 05,05)
When do you F.A.S.T?
(Oct 24, 05)
How do you see your L.I.F.E?
"What kind of L.E.A.D.E.R are you?" (Oct
"What does the S.A.B.B.A.T.H mean to you?" (Oct
MARK: CHAPTER 3
are your N.E.E.D.S? (Oct 28, 05)
What is your I.M.P.A.C.T? (Nov
S.P.A.C.E do you give yourself?
has E.V.I.L done to you?" (Nov 08, 05)
is your R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.H.I.P with Jesus?"
will give God T.H.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.N.G because of you?" (Nov 25, 05) (Taken from Gospel of Luke)
is your A.P.P.O.I.N.T.M.E.N.T in?" (Nov 29, 05)
"Where do you G.A.T.H.E.R?" (Dec 01, 05)
"How are your actions seen by your
do you handle S.L.A.N.D.E.R?"
"What is your V.I.E.W of Jesus?"
"What are you doing with G.O.D.'S W.I L.L?" (Dec
"What do the P.A.R.A.B.L.E.S mean to you?" (Jan 04, 06)
"What kind of F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L receiver will you be for
Jesus?" (Jan 05, 06)
"How is your W.A.L.K with God?" (Jan 17,
"What kind of L.A.M.P are you?" (Jan 18, 06)
"What do you C.O.N.C.E.A.L?"
(Jan 25, 06)
"What do you do with what you H.E.A.R?" (Jan 26, 06)
"What do you do with the W.O.R.D of God?"(Jan 30, 06)
will you do with the S.E.E.D?"
"What kind of F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L receiver will you be for
Jesus?" (Feb 05, 06)
"What kind of S.T.O.R.M.S are you facing?" (March 11, 06)
"What does P.A.S.S.O.V.E.R C.R.O.S.S mean to
kind of P.R.O.F.E.S.S.I.O.N are you in?" (May 01,
MARK: CHAPTER 5
is your T.O.R.M.E.N.T coming from?" (May 15,
do you need H.E.A.L.I.N.G?" (May 16,
do people R.E.P.O.R.T about you?" (May 17,
"Are you A.F.R.A.I.D of Jesus too?"
(May 18, 06)
"Will you T.E.L.L about Jesus?"
(May 19, 06)
"What do you do with your T.E.S.T.I.M.O.N.Y?"
(May 20, 06)
"Will you G.A.T.H.E.R before Jesus?"
(May 22, 06)
"What place do you give P.R.A.Y.E.R
in your life? " (May 23, 06)
"Where do you feel U.N.C.L.E.A.N?"
(May 24, 06)
"Where do you need F.R.E.E.D.O.M?"
(May 25, 06)
"Who's T.I.M.I.N.G are you following?"
(May 27, 06)
MARK: CHAPTER 6
"Where do you seek W.I.S.D.O.M, in Jesus of the Bible or Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code?"