Original Posting At http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2019/07/gods-call-on-each-of-us.html
“Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (Matthew 4:19 NRSV)
There was a woman in one of the churches I pastored who, it seemed to me, was always picking on me. She seemed sure that her young pastor was unable to do anything just the way it should be done. One day she lectured me about the way I did funerals. She let me know, in no uncertain terms, that I had better make the gospel exceedingly clear in my funeral sermons, because she had friends and relatives who would be at her funeral who might never hear the gospel if they did not hear it at her funeral. I didn’t mean to be offensive as I blurted out, “Mrs. Jones, don’t blame me for that.”
We all have responsibilities to carry out God’s call to witness and to serve. And we had better get on with responding to that call right away. Whether it be death or the sound of the trumpet that heralds His coming, there will be an end to the time that we have available to address those urgent concerns.
— Tony Campolo in “Following Jesus Without Embarrassing God”