Who’s On the Line?


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Ring!

Ring!

Ring!

Are you going to answer the phone?

I can’t. Can you get it?

Ring!

OK, who is it?

I don’t know. I can’t see the caller ID.

Ring!

Oh great! It’s ______. This won’t be pretty.

Ring!

Hello.

Getting a call from someone can be quite an experience. It is always interesting when my seven-year-old niece calls. Of course, it’s different when her mom or dad gets on the line. How do you feel when you see the boss’ number in the caller ID? What is he going to say? Is he going to tell you to do something? Or, is he checking on whether you’ve done your job correctly? How do you respond when your nephew calls and asks for something? What about the neighbor boy? What if that friend you had in high school found your number and called asking for somethig? What do you do when the pastor calls and wants something done? How do you go about doing what the boss told you he needed done? Our authority, responsibility, liberty and demeanor all change depending on who’s on the line.

So who was on the line when you were called into the ministry? Was it a dying missionary in an emotional sermon? Was it a persuasive evangelist with thousands called under his preaching? Was it a godly mother who prayed daily that you would be a precher? Was it a girl who said she was “called” to be a preacher’s wife? Was it an ego that saw limelight whenever the preacher was in the pulpit? Some of those are not as “bad” as others. God could actually use situations like them to call a man, but the point that I’m attempting to make is this: If God is “on the line,” it produces something totally different than any of those other callers.

Of course, there are plenty of men who claim to be “God-called” men, but I believe we should try the spirits (1 John 4:10). I also believe the spirits are subject to the prophets (1 Corinthians 14:32). If God was the one on the line when the preacher was called, he will be humble, bold, qualified, and recognized by God’s ordained ordaining institution.

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