Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.
- Jeremiah 1:5NCV
There's a consistent pattern in Scripture of what happens in a life that God wants to use
(1) There's always a call. God asks common people to engage in uncommon
acts of trust,
like getting out of the boat and walking on water.
(2)There's always fear. God has a habit of asking people to do things that
scare them: like
Moses who told God, "I'm not a good enough speaker, usesomebody else."
(3) There's always reassurance. Listen: "As I was withMoses, so I will be with you."
That's what God told Joshua, the newleader who'd just taken over.
(4) There's always a decision. Sometimes,like with Gideon, we say yes to God's call.
Sometimes, like the richyoung ruler who spoke to Jesus, we say no, but
always we must decide.
(5)There's always a changed life. Those who say yes to God's call don't walkperfectly, not by a long shot. But because they say yes they learn and
grow, even from their failures, and become part of His actions to redeema lost world.
Those who say no to God are changed too; they become alittle harder,
a little more resistant to His calling, a little morelikely to say no next time.
Is God calling you?
Maybe it has to do with your work, yourrelationships, your money,
or facing your deepest fear. God's call willgo to the core of who you
are and what you do. If you say yes to Him,you'll never regret it!
Bible-in-a-year Reading: Song of Songs 1-4, Jn 11:45-57,
Ps 78:32-39, Pr20:20-21
Rhema Broadcasting Group (c) 2003
Julie Gaskins, a.k.a. "J"