Sunday, September 2, 2012

Saying Yes to the God Who Calls You

“Confidence is not based on you having all the resources needed to take care of yourself; confidence is based upon the truth that God is faithful.”
—Roy Lessin
Purpose in life is nothing to be sneezed at. Most of us would sincerely give a lot to have a purpose beyond ourselves. We would do this because serving God to the end of an innate passion is the most delightful work ever.
Besides this, and underpinning this purpose, is a fact of God: faithful in all his ways.
Saying yes to the God who calls us is not about being perfectly positioned or resourced accordingly, but it is about timing and the sweet whisper of blessing that wafts within our circumstances paving the way for this thing to occur.
Living Where We Are Called Right Now
Well and truly besides the calls in our hearts to follow a particular direction, God calls us to live this day from the vantage point we own right now.
This seems almost too obvious; to live contentedly, beyond striving for something else; something ‘better’. But that is the call right now, made genuinely simple.
Our common default is to try and bypass the basic route God has laid out for us. It seems too simple or not elaborate enough. But it is what it is.
God has no magnificent call of us that does not also include living out the mundane moment. It is never God’s will for us to escape the responsibilities he has brought us to now. We must do these things first. We must do these things, diligently, before other things can be added.
Trusting the God Who Has Called You
When we have done the basic things without complaint, having become blissfully content with living our average lives, we have placed the kingdom of God first (Matthew 6:33). This achieved, we have first hand knowledge of the faithfulness of God to convert us to living eternally in the here-and-now. We have, in our moment, gotten beyond covetousness. We have, in that moment, gotten beyond trying to hold God to ransom.
God always has bigger plans for us than we can imagine, but they are different to how we envisage them. Second-guessing God is never a good idea, because our constrained vision limits the work of the Lord.
Our God-devoid vision will constantly frustrate the Spirit in working for the new thing coming. But when we prove we trust God by doing the basic things, by being obedient, the new things coming can approach without impediment.
Saying yes to the God who calls us is first about obeying his will this present day. We cannot receive what is coming tomorrow until we first do what we must today. Today’s work must be completed first before tomorrow’s work can be added.
© 2012 S. J. Wickham.

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