December 9, 2014
“Nevertheless, at Your Word I will…” – Luke 5:5
At Your Word, Lord, I will _______________________. Let’s take a minute and fill in the blank here. At Your Word Lord I will go to church every Sunday. At Your Word I will give money to an Angel from the Angel Tree… At Your Word Lord I will be a good wife and friend. At Your Word I will pray for my family and friends. Oh… this is so easy… there’s so much that I will do if God says the Word.
But what about the things that are not so easy? What if God is saying to pack up your life and move across the country to a poverty stricken area to establish a church? What if God is saying to give up every Saturday to drive 5 hours each way to spend 3 hours in a prison with a group of girls? What if God is saying to turn off your cable and give that extra money to a family in need? What if? What If? What if when God told us to do the harder things, we stepped up to the plate and did them?
After having dinner with a family that is doing this very thing… answering the call of God when it is not an easy request, I got to thinking how much of my life I am willing to hand over to God for His use. Sure, my heart is all in when it comes to service and giving back, but how much of my time have I actually given? I have great intentions of getting involved but how much of that time have I actually answered the call and got involved?
This has crossed my mind before when I see prayer requests on Facebook or if someone asks me to pray for something. Do I actually pray for that request or just think about how sad it is that they are going through that and hope things get better? What happened to that prayer warrior that was in me only 2 years ago?
I think we get complacent in our lives. We get comfortable. We don’t like stepping out of that comfort zone because… well… it’s uncomfortable. But I think back to the most uncomfortable time in my life and I remember that it was the time that I made the most impact in the Kingdom of God. I was most in tune with God’s Word and his Will. And even though I was not living in desirable circumstances, I was living content and I had a heart that said “Nevertheless, at Your Word Lord, I will.”
What if we spent the next 3 weeks of December to get uncomfortable and listen for the Voice of God to tell us what He wants us to do? What if we could glorify Jesus in ways other than just decorating for Christmas and giving gifts? What if we gave back like He gave back? Jesus gave of Himself. What if we did the same?