Willing Able And Fruitful
Isaiah 6:8: Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
It has often been said that God does not call the able, He enables the called. And then He bears fruit through them. He calls, we answer, He enables and He bears fruit through us. I have encountered a number of individuals in nursing homes that I believe are Christians. But they have not answered His call on their lives. He called, they didn*t answer, they were never enabled and God did not bear much fruit through them. I believe the process works like this: They were unwilling to serve God (and others) and they eventually became unable to serve Him or others. They preferred to serve themselves and because of that many of them ended up being totally unable to serve themselves as well. There is an old expression use it or lose it. I would amend that to say: Use it for God and others or lose it.
Mark 8:35: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel*s, the same shall save it.
Psalms 106:13: They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: 14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. 15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
Deuteronomy 5:33: Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
Psalms 100:2: Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Believers who do not serve the Lord do not experience that rarified gladness. There are many who are unwilling, unable and unfruitful.
2 Peter 1:2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Care to discuss Willing Able And Fruitful with Ron?