“The other day,” Stan began, “we talked about the the early church in Antioch and how the people listened to the Holy Spirit.”
“Yes,” I replied, “it was about what the Holy Spirit spoke to them while they were concentrating on ministering to the Lord.”
“That’s right,” Stan responded, “and there is another part of that I would like to focus on this morning.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“It has to do with what the Holy Spirit said about what He had for Barnabas and Saul.”
Continuing, Stan said, “The Holy Spirit talked about what He had called them to do.”
“Called?” I asked.
“Yes, the Holy Spirit had something particular for them to do and it was a calling,” was Stan’s response.
“And,” he continued, “I think there is an important point about that.”
“Go ahead,” I replied.
“No one,” Stan responded, “is to stand in the way of what the Holy Spirit wants to do, whether it is with the individual or with another person.”
Continuing, he emphasized, “If the Holy Spirit has indicated He has a particular calling for a person, no one, including the person called, is to stand in the way of what the Holy Spirit wants to do in and through that person.”
“And,” Stan stated further, “it is the Holy Spirit who makes the calling clear. It is not up to me to name my own calling.”
“But the essential part is that I am never to stand in the way of what the Holy Spirit has indicated He wants to do, whether it is with me or with another person.”
The Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Acts of the Apostles 13:2.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you have work for me to do for you on this side of eternity. Please forgive me all of the times I have ignored what you have told me you wanted me to be and to do. I give you all of me for your purposes. Please, Lord, open me to see, understand, receive, and embrace all you want. And please help me to get myself out of your way so it is you, not me, I follow. Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.