Called For More

Hayden Carlo,25,was pulled over by a police officer because his car registration was expired.He told the officer that he had to choose between feeding his kids and updating the registration.The police officer handed him a citation, but Carlo unfolded the paper and saw a crisp $100 bill.He took the money and updated both his and his wife’s registration. The officer did not want to be identified,but is 43 and has a family. {Courtesy;FoxNews}

I was moved by this story.The police officer had Carlo at his disposal. He could have just arrested him and gotten over with that case and swiftly moved on to the next one.Was it really his business to chip into Carlo’s financial situation?…Well?

Question is,are we called for more?Are we just religious Christians or mere employees,Pastors,Doctors,Engineers e.t.c..Is our call of duty restricting us from going beyond?

Genesis 24:17-20 highlights a woman who went beyond her call of duty and her life changed since then.Let’s take a look…Her name was Rebekka…

The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”

“Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.

After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels.

I mean look at that! Rebekka saw a need and didn’t wait to be asked or begged to meet the need but she selflessly went ahead to meet that need.She went beyond her call of duty.

Jesus Christ Himself made this a lifestyle.He did not stop at teaching and healing,but he fed the people He ministered to as well.Not only did He do this,but He was also very intentional in building relationships.

Paul writing to Philemon in verse 21 states, “Confident of your obedience,I write to you,knowing that you will do even more than I ask.”

Picture a boss who is this confident in his/her junior.An employer who can vouch for you for being so dependable and reliable.A God who can confidently pick you out for representing the Kingdom so well…Why?You always choose to go beyond ‘giving the servant water to drink’ instead you go all out to ‘fetch enough water for the camels to drink’☺

This came alive yesterday when in Bible Study.One of us asked,why we take holy communion as Christians professing Christ and why we get baptised.I actually realised that it is of no use to profess Christ and be superficial.Paint a picture you and I want others to see for the sake of it.We are meant to do what we do with understanding and go a step further to help others understand why we do what we do.We are known by our fruits…

I like what Jack Johnson says about this…

“Going far beyond the call of duty,doing more than others expect,this is what excellence is about!And it comes from striving,maintaining highest standards,looking after the smallest detail and going the extra mile…”

We have been ‘Called for More’

Don’t settle for the expected.Don’t settle for superficiality. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Do not settle for only ‘giving the servant water to drink.’ Abraham Lincoln once said that what really matters is not the number of years you live,but the life in your years.

This life can best be experienced when we go beyond because we are called for more.

My challenge for us this week is to step aside our daily duty.or routine and ask one question, ‘What can I do for you?’

Go beyond the expected.We are never alone.

There was Another in the fire standing next to me.There was Another in the waters holding back the seas.And should I ever need reminding of how I’ve been set free
There is a cross that bears the burden where Another died for me{Excerpt from Hillsong United’s Song Another In the Fire}

Have a blessed week ahead!

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