Monday, January 21, 2019

Have You Ever Told The Lord "Now Is Not A Good Time"?

Most Christians have a notion of what they would do “if” they heard the call of God to do something beyond themselves. But, when they do, they respond in a different way than they imagined.  

“Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”   - Matthew 8:19-22 

When Jesus called them, the affairs of the world rushed in presenting reasons why “now” is not a good time.  Can you imagine?  Telling God that now is not a good time … questioning God’s wisdom.  Oh, wait, that is not something new is it?  Remember the question in the Garden, “Did God really say?”  - Genesis 3:1  When the Spirit speaks, you must expect Satan to make a counter offer.  The next best thing to not being a Christian, from Satan’s perspective, is a Christian who is disobedient to the voice of God.

A friend had been called to serve in a very difficult place, in the U.S.  He had been serving there for a number of years with little fruit.  But, spiritual fruit was just beginning to emerge.  He has asked several organizations and individuals to join him.  Initially they were interested, but, I have surmised, after they counted the “natural” cost, they said “now is not a good time.”  Although the Spirit may not have spoken to  everyone my friend had talked to, but I am certain He had to some.  

Most of us struggle with our desire to choose the “normal-natural-comfortable” life in the context of our faith.  When God wants to stretch us, we are not prepared or even willing.  And so we resist the call.  Have you said “no” to God because it was not convenient.  Because it would disrupt your financial plans? That if you said “yes”, your idea of what living the “blessed” life is would be turned on its head?  What you had been planning and working for and “sacrificing” for was now at risk because God was speaking.  And so, to the one you thank for salvation, for your life in Christ, you say “now is not a good time, check with me later.”

 And He [Jesus] was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”  - Luke 9:23 

 Are you ready to say “yes”? Really?   Charley

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