BY JOHN McMARTIN
I recall as a 10 year old child standing on the front steps of my dad’s church. I had a vision of myself speaking to a large crowd of multi-coloured faced people. Looking back, that was the time of God’s calling coming upon my life.
As time went on, I remember so clearly when God impressed on me to officially prepare myself for the ministry. Up until that moment, I was in love with the idea of ministry, but now I had to do something that totally disrupted my life’s pattern. I had to resign from my well-paying position and career and go to Bible college.
The reality is that when God gives you a call to a particular endeavour, it will always bring disruption to your way of life.
- When God spoke to Noah and told him to build an ark, Noah’s life changed forever.
- When Jesus spoke to His disciples, their lives, including their vocation, changed.
- When God spoke to Paul (Saul) on the road to Damascus, it radically changed him and the direction of his life.
Whenever God speaks, and we respond, it brings change. Things cannot remain the same, but many want to have their cake and eat it too. Many struggle with the discomfort that embracing change brings.
- For some, Jesus calls us to follow Him, but we want to follow our old way of life.
- For some, Jesus calls us to be His ministers, but we don’t want to pay the price of preparation.
- For some, Jesus calls us out of our problems, but we like the attention people give us in our problems.
When Jesus calls, He made it clear that you cannot hold on to the old – He has something new in store for us.
It is a matter of taking the Lord at His word and trusting Him completely. Let’s be prepared to lay everything down and give Him the unrestricted permission to out-work his Word within our lives. Yes, it will disrupt everything you are familiar with, yet it will eventually bring joy, peace, fulfilment and blessing.
TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… at embracing change