FEBRUARY 20

Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 3
     Job 20
     Luke 6
     I Corinthians 7
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''. ..God called to him from the midst of the bush and said ''Moses!'' And he said, here I am." (Exodus 3:4b)
 
READY FOR GOD'S CALL!
            If God called your name today, are you ready to respond? One of my deep convictions is that God calls all of His children to a specific plan and purpose.  Are you listening for His call?  Are you ready to respond in obedience instantly?
When God speaks, many of us are like people in a fog and we give no answer. As God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, Moses' reply to God revealed that he knew where he was and that he was ready. Willingness means that you  are in a right relationship to God and walking side by side with Him already.
            Many of us are busy telling God where we would like to go and what we want to do. Willingness means that we offer ourselves willingly to be instantly obedient to whatever God calls us to do. The man and woman that God uses are the ones who are ready when the summons comes.
            Some of us are waiting for some sensational opportunity to come, and then we will cry out, ''Here I am." Most of us, however, are not ready for some menial task. In the military there are times of great honor and recognition. There are times when you can be on the front lines in the heat of the battle and all the glory that comes with that. There are other  times, however, that we must do KP, which is an obscure duty that no one notices.
            There are really two tests to your wiliness to be obedient to God.
                        The test of obscurity - Are you willing to obey even when it means no one but God will ever know it?
The test of prominence - Can you humbly accept the role of prominence and give all the glory to God, receiving none for yourself?
            Readiness for God means that we are prepared to do the smallest thing or the largest thing - it makes no difference. It means that we have no choice in what we want to do, but whatever God's plans may be we are there and ready. We say to our wonderful Lord as Jesus said to His heavenly Father, ''here am I, send Me."
            On one occasion I was in a traffic jam and found myself behind a large moving van which, at that particular moment, was not moving very fast. Since I was late for an appointment I was a bit aggravated. Then I discovered why I was there. On the back of the moving van was the company's slogan, ''At your service, anywhere, anytime, anything.''  That is exactly what God expects of us.
            Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready - he is ready. Think of the time we waste trying to get ready once God has called. The burning bush is a symbol of God's call to you today! What is your response?
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            If the importance of prayer for a country is based upon size, then we should be praying more for China than any other country on earth. The population of China now is in excess of 1 billion, 300 million souls. These numbers are made up of 91.3% Han Chinese, and 8.7% ethnic minorities.
            Almost everyone is aware of the incredible human rights violations in China. Not only is abortion rampant, but the killing of born children because they are not the right number of children, or the right sex of child for that family. American leaders have been criticized often for entering into trade relationships with China because of this. These tragedies, however, reveal the growing need for the change that is brought about in a culture when people are saved and committed to leading their lives by the Word of God and not by Mao's little red book.
            It is, in fact, against the law for someone to go to China as a missionary; therefore, we must pray for God to open a door into China for Christian missions that can make a difference in that country.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry? Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die? Could a fireman sit idle, let men bum and give no hand? Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you lost and damned?'' Leonard Ravenhill