For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
2 Corinthians 8:12 KJV
We are all called. But who is willing?
I used to think being ‘called’ is a calling into a Christian vocation – priest, nun, missionary, etc. But have realised this is not so.
We are called to get to know our Creator. The owner of the house in which we will reside eternally. If we don’t get to know the owner, will we be invited to His home?
Who will normally invite us as house-guests? Family and maybe some close friends. We know them and they know us. We know we will be welcome because they extended the invitation and we have a sense of being truly welcomed.
Do we feel confident about our welcome into our eternal home? Do we at least know the owner, nevermind that we are asked to love Him with everything we got.
Getting to know God is made possible through Jesus. Jesus dwelt among us but we did not recognise Him. However, when we do recognise Him, He teaches us all about the Father. He is our mediator. Through Him we can know.
How do we get to know? Jesus is the Word. We have the Word of God. Are we willing to read and understand? If we are, we have a confirmation from the Word :
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
Do we need additional help? If you are a believer, the Holy Spirit of God teaches you perfectly.
But there are Godly men who are full of the Holy Spirit and it is very illuminating and inspiring to listen to them. Here are some names that can be trusted to teach the Scripture accurately.
You will find a massive difference between their expository teachings and the preaching of many televangelists today.
Not everyone who preaches the Bible is a Christian.
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
1 Corinthians 1:20-25
A willing mind is necessary to learn the truth.
A willing mind is necessary to learn the untruth.
And how do you discern?
The truth grows in a man’s heart. First tiny and inconsequential just like a mustard seed. It grows slow. Taking deep root. Bearing good fruit.
Its never an explosion and doesn’t change direction according to the way the wind blows. Its rooted in righteousness.
Peter was a fisherman. No college degree and no eloquent speaker. Jesus called and he followed.
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NIV
I am told some religions are so highly intellectual that foolish people cannot understand its doctrine. The ‘wise’ are attracted. The rich are attracted.
But blessed are the poor..