Walk in Obedience to the Call- In His Word 3-4-13

Walk in Obedience to the Call;
Do you consider yourself being obedient to God today?

I have a friend who is obedient to God's call on her life to the point of selling what she had, moving away from all she knew to start a mission field in a land she knew very little about other than the fact that God called her to go there. 

Some of us think we are doing what God called us to do when we get our bodies out of bed, fuss with our hair and go to church on Sunday, but maybe there is more? Definitely there is more! God has called us to seek and to save the lost! That includes but does not mean we are to get the information for salvation and keep it to ourselves; no hiding things under a bushel, no putting it in the closet, preach the gospel! 

 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;  for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:9-11

Share the good news of Jesus Christ; even to the ends of the earth.
A pastor said recently that some are called to go, and some are called to send those who go, and I would add to that some are called to pray for those who send and those who go to get their communications together and meet the needs.
If you feel you are called to go; get ready to move mountains, and to be pushed out of your comfort zone so that you become strong enough to fight in the spirit. Build up your prayer warrior back up because going out against the world's false gods and the enemies of our God is not for the weak in knowledge and wisdom of God and His Word.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9

...Because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before the word of the truth the Gospel which as come to you as it has also in the world and is bringing forth fruit...” Colossians 1:5-7

Dig into the Word daily but not just for yourselves, the Word is not just for us to horde and savor as good nourishment for our own bodies and souls, not we re to bring it out as fruit. We are to multiply to those around and about us the Good News that Christ died for our sins, that He has called us to come to repentance.
Sometimes when I read the letters from Paul or Peter, and even when I read of the messages brought out via the many prophets like Elisha, and Jehu who walked in obedience to the will of God I feel as if I have received a big F grade in expanding the Family of God. I wish that I could write words as deeply moving and inspiring as these great writers of the Word that many would read them and be either inspired to know God or to know and follow after His purpose for their lives.

In my humble humanness I do not see a possibility of reaching the world on foot as another dear friend has done; she has traveled to far away lands and preached to King and countrymen whom most of us would never get to see but God opened the doors for her to do so. She has been able to do this in her life time because she was obedient to follow the prompting of the Lord Himself. She found the Lord around 40 years of age and has not yet stopped some near 40 years going! She puts me to shame, though she does not try to; but God has shown me what He desires to use me for and I must focus on that then walk in that path.

He will show you what He desires of you too, He has shown the old man, why not us?
We have talked a lot about trusting the Lord and knowing that He would make our path straight, but do we walk on that straight path or do we take side stops to things we would rather do?
I am not saying God does not want us to take a vacation but sometimes we need to ask ourselves what the purpose God can have in that vacation. How can we meet the needs of the people who are lost and dying while on our vacation from our daily lives?
So this leads me back to the first question; do you consider yourselves obedient to God today?
Lets check it out.

If God told you to sell what you had and give it to the poor would you be like the rich man and have great sorrow?
The young man said to Him,”All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect go, sell what you have and give it to the pour and you will have treasure in heaven, come follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Matthew 19:20-22

If you asked your self what your greatest treasure was what would it be?
Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:32-34

If your heart is in praying for the lost; pray without ceasing because the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few.
If your heart is in going out and serving at a shelter; walk in this calling for God will bless you in it.
If your heart is in raising up men and women and equipping the saints to be able to fulfill the mission to share the Gospel; study to show yourself approves (2 Timothy 3:16)

If you do not already know your purpose pray this week and ask God to show you; if you already know then walk in it.
If you do not know how to do what He has given you to do; study the Word, attend studies on the area He has given you to work and then; run with it!
If you are not able because of financial, physical or emotional reasons to satisfy the burden on your heart then send someone else by praying for God to provide another runner.

In the old days, the Bible days, they would send runners with news, requests or other important information; sometimes they would run all day just to deliver an urgent note. If one became faint or lame they would send another on with the the information sort of like the Pony Express without the horse. Today one runner may have the message, but he may have to pass that on to the one who can and will go.It all comes down to asking God what to do; seeking God for how to do it; finding what God has purposed you particularly to do in it.
Then just walk in obedience to your calling.

Dear heavenly Father, open our ears to hear and eyes to see what Your Spirit is telling us to do. Help us to listen and do, not be afraid but to walk in obedience to the call you have put on our lives today. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested reading: 2 Timothy 1:1- 18, 2 Timothy 2: 1-26, 2 Timothy 3:1-16, 2 Timothy 4:1-22.