A Macedonia Call

Our God is very much in the shadow of death no matter the circumstances and places, as He was with Paul and Silas in the dungeon; in the burning furnace, as He was with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; and in the lions’ den of today, as He was with Daniel back then.  It is in the shadow of deaths that He expresses His glory to the antagonist world.  Paul and Silas were empowered by the power of praises to God while they were in that dungeon, a weapon that causes the enemy to flee and to rob him of his power. The entire place was under the power of God as a result of their praises when the foundations of the building were shaken and everything that held them bound was loosed. It was then that the Macedonia call was heard in the words of the jailer, “Men, What is it necessary for me to do that I may be saved?” (Acts 16:30)

A Macedonia call is every believer’s responsibility. The road, without a doubt, will be hard, filled with stumbling blocks; but they are there for the purpose of teaching perseverance and giving strength; they are there for our own sanctification; they are there to mark us with the suffering of our Lord, as Paul carried on his body the sufferings of YAHSHUA.  Paul and Silas had to face great challenges on the way to answer to the Macedonia’s call. Only God knew what was necessary for it to happen. YAHSHUA fulfilled His Macedonia’s call by offering His own life for the salvation of the world. Paul, to fulfill his many other “Macedonia’s” calls, had to be put in prison, where he wrote most of the New Testament. So he wrote, For that [Gospel] I am suffering affliction and even wearing chains like a criminal. But the Word of God is not chained or imprisoned! (II Tim. 2:9)

To be able to hear God’s “Macedonia” calling, the believer must be undressed of his needs; the believer must lose focus of his inner self to experience the sufferings of others. Many believers have gone before us paying the price of answering the “Macedonia” call with their own lives, and many are still suffering for others in hard to live situations and countries. We must be reminded that as the world never stops turning and the sun never fails to shine its light and warmth on the earth, so our God never sleeps neither slumbers in His desire for the world to be saved.

There will always be a “Macedonia call” for you to answer in the course of your life. Be available, be willing and be waiting. Lose sight of yourself and follow the road where the call is coming from. Deliver those who are drawn away to death and those who totter to the slaughter, hold them back. If you say, Behold, we did not know this, does not He Who weighs and ponders the heart perceive and consider it? And He Who guards your life, does not He know it? And shall not He render to [you and] every man according to his works (Proverbs 24:11,12)?

THINK ABOUT IT!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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