I’m learning so much about faith. How when someone in the Family of God is called to believe and act on that belief, it affects the entire family. One person’s call means we are all called to do something in relation to it; pray, walk together, adjust, give. Their sacrifice, must be our sacrifice in some way as well. Sometimes it means we are to give up something. Giving doesn’t always mean money. One person’s call to serve is our opportunity to hunker down and re-evaluate our walk, to revisit issues like relationship, forgiveness, or unconditional love. Sometimes it means being still and quiet and not rushing to the rescue so God can move! Faith is all about action, but sometimes that action looks like we’re stalled, but waiting on God for permission to take His next, strategic leap!
Sometimes we think that following Christ means we’ve done something to deserve the call, earned it in someway (negating His mercy), then when we’re called to follow through with that call and find ourselves short of strength or resources, we then conclude that we’ve done something wrong or we haven’t heard God correctly (negating His grace). Remember God’s ways are not our ways. There are some things we don’t understand, can’t figure out, cannot control and that makes our selfish pride crazy!
We humans are all about conditions, power, position, measuring – God is not. This morning, Christ’s sacrifice hit me on another level. He gave his very life knowing that many would reject His gift. He put no conditions on that gift, gave it for free. He also knew some would embrace what His sacrifice means, only for a time, then turn away, but He still drug His cross up that hill and allowed His own creations to pound nails in his wrists. He died! He, the Son of God, laid down His life for everyone!
If you’re called to do something for God, do it for life! Not just today, not just tomorrow – but for life! You’ve accepted his gift, you’ve answered the call, answer that call everyday!
As Christians we think “responsibility”, as followers of Christ, we must think “throw caution to the wind” because as believers we cannot trust in our thinking at all. Nobody likes to hear that because it’s an insult to our desire to feel and believe we’re smart. Without God – we’re nothing. I remember praying for my children’s safety and hearing God say “why?”, when we’re called to serve Him with reckless abandonment. Nobody likes those words because they sound unintellectual, and irresponsible. I’m sure the disciples families and community thought the same when they left their boat with nothing but a robe and a pair of sandals, and never looked back.
But we back up often, to apologize and try to sound theologically, or is it politically correct? Following Christ is about being made new. Starting all over with a “spirit” mind. Hold onto what you were taught while growing up, with reverence and respect, but hold onto it lightly. Jesus comes along and does the sorting and ultimately it is His leading and His Word that you must hang onto – tightly.
We’re in this together!