The Christian faith is meant to be lived out loud. We are to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus daily. We are to go and make disciples. There is NO such thing as a “closet Christian”.
Sometimes God’s call is tough – most of the time it’s tough. God always seems to call us to go and do (with seasons of stay and do). Notice that doing is constant.
Let’s look at a few examples:
- God called Abraham to leave his country
- God called Moses to go back to Egypt
- God called Noah to build a boat for a flood when it had NEVER rained
- God called Ruth to follow Naomi
John Cowling said in effect, “When you stop doing, you start doubting.” Think about that. Isn’t it true? When we are busy doing what God has called us to do we are confident in our calling, but when we stop we start doubting.
Don’t you know in the examples above folks told them that surely they had misunderstood God’s call. Why He wouldn’t want you to leave, go back or build while preaching about doom. But that’s precisely what He had called them to do.
It’s hard to go against what our family or friends think, especially when God’s call seems a little “out there”. The choice is yours.
By whose definition will you live?
My husband used to tell me that he was going to have my “motto” framed and given to me. What “motto” I would ask. Then he would say,
Don’t just sit there…worry!
Well, that is not a proud memory. Because I really did worry… all the time. “What might happen if… What could happen if… How will something work out? Will things work out?” You get the picture!
Worry is rooted in fear. Fear and Faith do not usually co-exist. God began to teach me that my worry was my NOT trusting Him. OUCH! After all, I am a Christian. Of course, I trust Him. But did I really?
I learned that salvation faith is not an automatic daily faith. What I mean is that I realized I trusted Jesus with my soul for eternity, but I had not trusted Him with my daily needs. You know, “…take up your cross daily…”
Not to say that I never worry anymore, but it is NOT my motto. I have learned that God is in control so I don’t have to be – and I’m not, even if I think I am, right? I know there are some of you that know exactly what I mean!
Not only is worry not trusting our Faithful Father, but it steals our joy from today. Worry does not change anything AND most of what we worry about never happens.
[ The Cure for Anxiety
] “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to
what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to
what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet
your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single
hour to his life? … Matthew 6:25-34
So, not to sound flippant, but – Don’t worry!
Who do you serve?
I’m reading a book by Lisa Bevere. It’s about finding your value in God, not in your self-image. In the book, she makes a profound statement about serving the creation rather than the Creator.
“When you serve what is lifeless, you die.”
She talks a lot about how we get caught up in what others think of us, what we think others think of us and ultimately what we think of ourselves. We must know and trust the TRUTH, if we are to have LIFE. Jesus said,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6
Even as believers we get caught up in the world’s deceit and lies. As we learn that life is NOT about us but about Jesus, we can stop worrying with our self-image and start conforming to His image.
Do you feel the weariness and weight in life of trying to live up to what you think others expect or even what others say? When we give up our selves and trust our Savior, there is rest.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
So let me ask you again, who do you serve? If you and I are serving anything or anyone other that the LIVING GOD, we are serving an idol and it’s lifeless. Take a personal assessment today (I have) and be sure you are serving Jesus. There is rest and freedom in Christ!
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”