There is an old joke I know,-so old, in fact, that it may be unbeknownst to a newer charismatic generation and, therefore, recyclable. A young farmer, standing in his field, observes a peculiar cloud formation. The clouds form the letters G, P, and C, and he considers it a call from God to- Go Preach Christ! The farmer rushes to the deacons of his church and insists that he has been called to preach. Respectful of his ardour, they invite him to fill the pulpit. That Sunday, the sermon is long, tedious, and virtually incoherent. When it finally ends, the leaders sit in stunned silence. Finally, a wizened deacon mutters to the would-be preacher, “Seems to me the clouds were saying ‘Go plant corn.’”
Even if there were truth to this joke, it wouldn’t be the first time there’s been confusion about what it means to be called into ministry. The concept of a call is one of the most profound of all biblical ideas. The Bible is riddled with stories about calls to men and women who, when summoned to service, went out and marked their generation in a profound way.
Such calls had several commonalities. When St. Francis was asked why God called him, he said, “God picks the weakest, the smallest, the meanest of men on the face of the earth, and he uses them.”
In one way or another, they all originated out of the Godhead. God the Father called Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, and Amos (to name a few). Jesus called twelve men “to be with him,” and then sent them out to disciple the nations. The Holy Spirit called Saul and Barnabas and others to apostolic opportunity. As special and unique as you are, and as much as God loves you, he doesn’t need you to do anything for him. If he did, he could just send you a memo, right? What he wants, more than any accomplishment, is your heart. He wants to bring you into a relationship with him. To hear God’s calling, you must learn to recognize his voice, and there’s no shortcut for that. So my first and biggest request is this: Spend time in God’s Word and time in prayer.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this newly elected National Council, we must identify our call to start this journey as one family in Christ and His Church. “I give you
a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all
will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. Jn 13: 34 – 35”. As a Jesus Youth family, the first and primary call should be to ‘Love one another’. Identification of this call for Love must begin from our family, team members households and from our own parishes. In Australia, our ministry’s main focus over the next years is to prepare the entire movement to identify the call of each Jesus Youth by implementation of the newly evolving formation plan. Every region is ready now and I thank the Lord for this precious gift of a new plan and all the leaders of each region for their hard work and co-operation in this formation plan. Jesus Youth across the world have started re-discovering their call during the Commitment day to live the call in “Prayer, Lifestyle and Formation”.
As we pray in our Jesus Youth daily prayer let us surrender our self to the Lord, especially our thoughts and our will and gladly accept His sovereignty in our Life . May every Jesus Youth always seek His glory in our missionary journey. Let’s open ourselves completely to the work of the Holy Spirit in us and in the ministry which God has entrusted to each one of us to identify our call.
With Love and Prayers,
JESUS YOUTH NATIONAL