Call to Serve God

Romanian Theologian Speaks at Missouri Seminary
( [email protected] ) Mar 04, 2004 09:06 PM EST

Yesterday, Paul Negrut, president of both the Romanian Baptist Union and Emmanuel University in Ordea, delivered a chapel message at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. During the message, Negrut challenged seminarians to think deeply about the notion of faithfully serving God by asking “do you have a sense of God’s calling?”

Basing his message an earlier message concerning the 10 minas delivered February 18, Negrut discussed the importance of truly valuing the calling of God. “The calling is not hobby,” he says. “It’s not a fad or a popularity contest. It is a calling for hard work.”

Negrut also discussed how much responsibility comes with the calling of God. He said, “We are called with authority for he is Master,” Negrut said. “He is the God who called the universe into being, the God who called us to Christ, the God who demands that we respond to the call of the ministry.”

According to the parable that Jesus delivered over 2,000 years ago, a wealthy landowner had gone on a long journey entrusting each of his three servants with 10 minas. Upon returning, the owner found that two of his servants had used the money well, making more money. But the third wicked slave complained, and was consequently thrown off the property where there was “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

From this crucial lesson, Negrut explained, we can see that “the faithful servants couldn’t stand still. [So] inspired by the master’s calling, they responded immediately. They were visionaries. They had a passion for the master’s work.”

In addition, Negrut noted that faithful servants were on great integrity. “Negrut explained, “Charisma without character is catastrophe. The servant who lacked integrity was all talk. Look for the fruits.” In the message, Negrut also mentioned that the faithful servant only spoke seven words with the master, whereas the wicked servant spoke 43 words.

So, as Negrut concludes, just as the wicked servant got his well-deserved end so the faithful servant would receive much commendation and compliment from the Master.