– Michael Youssef
Before God calls you to a task, I believe He instills a desire to do a task in your heart. God calls us for a work of His but we wouldn’t respond to that call if not for His Spirit and His putting a task in our hearts that we come to desire to do. A good example is our church’s nursing home ministry. When one of our former members had to enter the nursing home, I went to visit her, but when I was there, I began to sense God calling me to more, and today, we have a nursing home ministry that I believe God placed on my heart, so it was He that birthed this, not me. This is what James calls “pure religion” (James 1:27).
It would make no sense for God to call someone to a task but not equip them. I know from experience that God puts the calling for a task in our hearts but then doesn’t leave us there. The next thing He does is to equip us for that task. I can’t say exactly how that works. There is much that I don’t know about it, but this I do know; God does the calling and God does the equipping. It’s all about God and not about us.
After God has called you to a task and then equipped you to do a task, then He will enable you do to that task and this enabling comes from the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6), so no matter what that work is in you that God placed upon your heart, He can enable you to do it, but it must be for His glory and His glory alone.
Michael Youssef said, “Whenever God calls us to a task, He will equip us and enable us to complete that task,” so God will call you to a task, God will equip for the task, and God will enable you to do the task. The bottom line is “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17).