We’re in a 10-part Wednesday night series right now all based on the amazing word Kaleo. In Greek it means to call to someone with your voice, to call them to action or an office or to a purpose. In ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i – the Hawaiian language – it is a male name that is translated as “the voice” or “the sound” in English. Isn’t it interesting that both languages spell the word the same, pronouns the word in similar ways and they both have to do with a voice or a call to action.
Tonight pastor Greg wraps up part six of ten when the second half of the Third Kaleo of Akua. We are Called to Serve.
Nothing is insignificant in your life when it is done for the significance of the cause of Christ.
King Davis spent many years in THE IN-BETWEEN, not yet where he felt l like he was supposed to be, but not where he once was either. We are called to do the same as David, bloom where we are planted.
For He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love. ~ Ephesians 1:4
Let that sink in for a minute. Even before God created the foundation of the world, He already knew you in His mind. He already loved you. He already chose you. He already had a specific plan and purpose for you within His larger plan for time, space, the universe and everything. Think about that for a minute. Even before God created anything, God already knew you and shaped you and anointed you and called you with a purpose to make your life count for eternity. Doesn’t that make you feel just a little bit special? You MATTER to God! Just like David, God has called you to do great things! AND if it doesn’t feel like that RIGHT NOW, maybe you are just in the in between in the space between when God has called you and anointed you, and the time when you actually fully fulfill that divine destiny.
God said to me, through Paul’s words to a young pastor named Timothy, Greg: “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” – 2 Timothy 4:1-5
That was God’s answer for me. That was when Samuel anointed my head with oil so to speak. So, that was in April of 1982 when God called me to be a pastor/preacher/teacher and even moreso, an evangelist. Yet, it wasn’t until 1994 – TWELVE YEARS LATER – that I finally finished my seminary training and took on my first full-time pastor and evangelist position, fulfilling God’s calling from 12 years earlier. Like David, I have spent some significant time in THE IN BETWEEN. Sometimes wondering when all that stuff God called me to, anointed me for, was finally going to start to happen. I’ve had times when I felt like I was really making a difference and I’ve had times when I felt like I was banging my head against the wall making no difference at all. I’ve had times when I felt like everything was easy and always going my way and times when I felt like the deck was stacked against me and nothing I did was making any positive difference.
I feel like I am still in the in-between but my entire responsibility is just to do what I am called to do. It’s up to God to decide what grows, how it grows, and when it grows. That’s what Paul was talking about in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 when he wrote: — I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow. So neither the one who plants counts for anything, nor the one who waters, but God who causes the growth. ~ 1 Corinthians 3:6-7
One day, Jesse told his son, David, to take some food to his brothers who were serving in Saul’s army at the frontlines against the Philistines. So David got up early in the morning and entrusted the flock to someone else who would watch over it. After loading up, he went just as Jesse had instructed him. He arrived at the camp as the army was going out to the battle lines shouting its battle cry. Israel and the Philistines drew up their battle lines opposite one another. After David had entrusted his cargo to the care of the supply officer, he ran to the battlefront. When he arrived, he asked his brothers how they were doing. As he was speaking with them, the champion named Goliath, the Philistine from Gath, was coming up from the battle lines of the Philistines. He spoke the way he usually did, and David heard it. ~ 1 Samuel 17:20-23
Here is what I find fascinating about this. The ONLY reason that David was ever even within earshot of the defiant cries of Goliath, and the ONLY reason that he was EVER in a position to do something great for God was because he faithfully served wherever he was called to SERVE! He was faithful in the small things. He simply obeyed the directions of his father to bring cheese and bread and grain to his brothers. He did what was asked of him and served. He simply BLOOMED where he was PLANTED and his faithfulness eventually led him to great things!
So, here is what I am wondering today. What would Waikoloa Community Church – or if you are watching online from somewhere else around the world, what would your church look like if every single person who calls your church home started RUNNING to the battle lines to champion the purposes of God just like David did? What would it look like if every single one of us were to seemingly do the most insignificant things, yet do them to excellence? Paul wrote: So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31
What if we all answered the Kaleo of Calling what if we pursued the most significant purpose there is, advancing the name of Jesus, with a wholehearted intensity, with a full-throttle devotion to God? You are called to be a GOD-CONNECTER! You are helping to connect people to the current of the power of Christ.