In January of 1977, Brother Samuel C. Watkins Sr. joined the United States Army. He was positioned as an enlisted specialist. There he learned discipline and self-control, while adjusting to an environment that posed great opposition. Shortly after his conversion in November of 1979, God called Brother Watkins into the ministry to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. During the time of his enlistment, he became the pastor’s assistant, in one of the Foreign Missions located right outside the base in West Germany. This work enhanced his opportunity to meet and minister to people of many races and ethnic backgrounds.
In January 1981, Brother Watkins returned to his home in Rome, Georgia where he began to work with local church assemblies, and different pastors in the community. Brother Watkins became greatly concerned about the tremendous barriers that existed amongst the local assemblies he encountered. Each church assembly professed to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, yet because of certain bi-laws, denominational creeds, and organizational doctrines, fellowship amongst these assemblies could not be obtained. God’s Holy word does not speak of any particular church denomination or organization in which he will return. Christ is coming back for His bride who will consist of born-again believers that are established on His word.
In 1983, Brother Watkins took a job at Floyd Medical Center. It was there that he met his lovely wife-to-be, Licensed Practical Nurse-Diane Dillard. Their mutual love for Christ and each other drew them closer together. On August 27, 1983, Brother Watkins and Sister Dillard were united in holy matrimony. Together they worked in the ministry in which God gave them.
Their family grew quickly. They were blessed with three wonderful children: Anthony, Natalie, and Sam Jr.
There are many professing Christians who do not know their calling and need to have the assurance of what God intends for them to do as believers. (2 Peter 1:10)-Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall. We must ask ourselves what things are required of us to do? We must add to our faith. (2 Peter 1:5)- In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God's promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
It is the Lord who places within ones heart the desires that will please Him. However, it is up to every born again believer to act upon those desires in order to fulfill the purpose that God intends for them.
Whenever God is giving direction for our lives, He will inspire each individual via the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will always approve what is pleasing to God the Father by the written Word. The gifts and talents that a person possesses will make the purposes of the Lord seem easy. Whom the Lord calls He also equips to do that in which He has called him/her to do. God is not the author of confusion.
(1 Corinthians 14:33)- 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. As we seek the wisdom of God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into our calling, we will have peace in our spirit to assure us that we are in the will of God. Prayer is the key that will unlock the doors for every born again believer to join in the plan that assures us of His eternal purpose. It is important for all believers to be active in their calling in order to promote the kingdom of God. Let us seek the Lord with diligence regarding our calling and election. God is faithful and will uphold us in well-doing. Be encouraged in the Lord and know that He is mindful of you. May the Lord bless you richly!
Your Faithful Servant,
Samuel C. Watkins, Sr.