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Drawn to the Well

Legalism Calling God's Love

Source: The Shaping of Things to Come

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Contributed By: Gabriel Carnes | Date Posted: 2019-03-29

Scripture: John 4:14 ; John 10:27

Author: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
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ILLUSTRATION

In Alabama, any good farmer knows that to keep your cattle or horses from wandering off you’ve got to build a fence. That’s how we do it here, we build fences. But that is not how they do it in Australia… “In Australia, ranches (called stations) are so vast that fences are superfluous. Under these conditions, a farmer has to sink a bore and create a well, a precious water supply in the Outback. It is assumed that livestock, though they will stray, will never roam too far from the well, lest they die.  As long as there is a supply of clean water, the livestock will remain close by.” 

APPLICATION

The Good Sheperd doesn't build a fence around us to keep us from leaving. Instead, God provides us with a positive reason for why we should stay. He uses love, not law, to draw us to Himself.   

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27). 

"But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life" (John 4:14, NLT). 

The Man Who Is Willing To Serve Unnoticed

Calling Spiritual Gifts Humility

Source: “Indian Engineer Spends the Last Five Years Collecting over 50 Kilograms of Nails from City Road” By Spooky, Oddity Central, January 12th, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-26

Scripture: Matthew 23:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Oddity Central reports: 

Benedict Jebakumar is a man on a mission. Ever since 2012 he has dedicated his free time to sweeping Bangalore’s Outer Ring Road of metal nails deliberately put there by nearby tire puncture shops to boost their profits ... It all started when Benedict Jebakumar realized that he would often have to deal with a punctured car tire when taking the Outer Ring Road from his home in Banashankari to his office, or vice-versa. He didn’t think much of it at first, but then he noticed the many tire repair shops lining the roads, most of which were often busy fixing the tires of seemingly unlucky motorists.

It didn’t take long for him to figure out that whenever he got a flat tire it would always be because of metal nails conveniently located close to one of these puncture repair shops. He went to the local authorities to report his findings and ask them to take action, but they didn’t seem too eager to help. That’s when he decided it was up to him to keep the roads clean for himself and other drivers.

... At first he would pick them up by hand, but soon realized that it was a very time consuming and ineffective method, so he built a tool to help him on his cleaning runs. He took one of his broken fishing rods and modified it by attaching magnets to one end and making it foldable. 

... Benedict leaves his home at around 7 in the morning, and stops by specific points on the Outer Ring Road, making sure they are nail-free. He does the same thing on his way back from work, because many times the miscreants running puncture repair shops will spread a new batch of nails right after he leaves. On some days, he collects so many metal nails that he fills his bags and has to return with more to finish the job. For example, on March 21st, 2016, he collected a whopping 1,654 nails off the road. He keeps all the nails he has picked up since 2012, and claims that his collection now weighs over 50 kilograms.

... Until the nail problem is solved by the city, Jebakumar plans to keep taking care of things himself, as best he can. “I will continue as I am helping many people,” he says.

... Interestingly enough, in 2015, when asked by The News Minute has a passerby ever stopped to ask him what he was doing with a broken fishing [pole] on the Outer Ring Road, Jebakumar realized that in three years, nobody had ever approached him about it. “It is such a fast-paced world that nobody has even observed that there is a man wandering about a busy main road in search of something. They have not even noticed that these nails are potential threats to their vehicles,” he said.

APPLICATION

While evil is busy planting nails, we need to be busy finding our fishing poles!

God doesn’t leave us here without a purpose.  He places His love in our hearts and then He sets us loose in a world of needs. The problem is that most of what really helps other people isn’t superhero stuff.  But because there is little recognition in such humble service, we drive right by the nails on the road, holding out for a more glamorous mission.

What is the humble need you could do something about right now? Do you hesitate to meet this need because it doesn’t seem important enough?  If it’s really God you seek to serve, it shouldn’t matter if people notice what you’re doing.  Even if no one stops to ask you what we’re doing, pleasing Him should be enough.  

Jesus said, "The greatest among you will be your servant" (Matthew 23:11). 

Man Digs Hole In The Jungle For God

God's Will Obedience Calling

Source: “'God told man to start digging hole' in jungle 18 years ago - and he hasn't stopped since,” By MIRROR.CO.UK, September 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-02-17

Scripture: Colossians 3:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Mirror reports:

A man claims God told him to start digging a hole 18 years ago, and he literally hasn't stopped since.

Santiago Sanchez, 69, says he regards it as the Lord's work and he devotes every waking hour to the project.

The pensioner heads to the tunnel in the city of Berlin, in the western El Salvador department of Usulutan, at around 3 AM.

And every time he emerges he is carrying around 90 pounds of rock, stones and debris, following what God told him.

… It is no easy task, and the journalist who went into the tunnel to have a look confessed that by the time he got halfway, was struggling to breathe and had to leave quickly.

… Despite his conviction that he is following God's orders, he has many critics and many more who laugh at what he is doing.

His wife, named Isabel Ventura, said that "there are people who say that he is crazy" but he answers that "no one knows what God is going to demand from you."

APPLICATION

Is Santiago Sanchez doing God's will by digging a hole in the middle of the jungle? He certainly thinks he is, and that may be all that matters. Here’s the really interesting thing about God’s will; it can be attached to anything you do, even the most mundane of activities. 

The Bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24). That means any task can become a divine calling, if it's done with the right motivation!

The real question isn't whether Mr. Sanchez is doing God's will but are you? If you flip hamburgers, you can choose to flip hamburgers for the Lord, or you can flip hamburgers for the pay. Every person in every walk of life and vocation can choose to serve God there. 

It doesn’t take a special revelation from God to discover His will for your life.  It just takes a heart that wants to please God in all circumstances. 

"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money" (Matthew 6:24). 

Stay In Your Call

Calling Contentment Purpose

Contributed By: Eric Hollar | Date Posted: 2015-07-13

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:24

Author: Eric Hollar
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Safety Is Not Our Goal

Risk Calling Stewardship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-31

Scripture: Matthew 25:14

Author: Alan Cohen / Illustration Exchange
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Offering Support

Giving Calling Missions

Contributed By: Nic Montoya | Date Posted: 2014-02-09

Scripture: 2 Samuel 17:27 ; Philippians 4:18

Author: Mike Sanchez
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Moses At An Early Age

Preparation Ministry Calling

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-07

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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God Takes Us Where We've Never Been

Calling Servanthood Boredom

Contributed By: Doug Wantz | Date Posted: 2013-10-04

Scripture: Matthew 4:19

Author: Doug Wantz / Illustration Exchange
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Don't Get Stuck On the Letters

Perspective Eternity Calling

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-23

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:2

Author: Kent Crockett
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Potentially a Great Plumber

Leadership Calling Usefulness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-15

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:20

Author: Lloyd Elder, Th.D
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