5 - Living up to our responsibilities
I always used to think that questions like this meant Jesus would send every Christian into the mission field- and by this I mean into a foreign country as a missionary!! But I'm very aware that this is not the case! However sometimes I do struggle with questions like this as God has never really asked me to do anything too out of my comfort zone- and if he did I can't say 100% that I would be happy to follow! I talk to God when I have big decisions to make and I listen to what he says but I have never rearly asked God "Where now? What's next?" Maybe I should".....but I'm a bit scared!
Leading signs for worship was totally out of my comfort zone, which is why I resisted, ignored and stopped going for a while prior to me accepting the challenge. I thought burying my head I the sand and running away would be easy. Like sticking your fingers in your ears and singing la la la la, you might think you are drowning out what's happening but you know only too well what's being asked. Just being called a leader scared me. I wanted to be led not to lead. I thought you had to be confident and certain to be a leader. As the time came for me to start I had no plan at all but the night was a very emotional and amazing night and I realised that being a leader is not about being confident and sure but about being honest, truthful, sincere and approachable.
I think the responsibility of being a leader at times got to me, particularly when faced with challenging people and situations but that's when I learnt about family and having help from others.
I feel like God is wanting me to go in a different direction at the moment but I am resisting lol.
I think like Rachel said we often think that going abroad and being a missionary of some sort is the main work people should do. But no matter how small or large our part in building God's Kingdom is and no matter where it is based it is important. I think on occasions I have been guilty of wanting sonething big and meaningful but at the same time would probably run in the opposite direction if anything like that came my way.
Jackie said: I feel like God is wanting me to go in a different direction at the moment but I am resisting lol.
Do you have any sense, Jackie, as to what that direction might be?
Jackie said: I think like Rachel said we often think that going abroad and being a missionary of some sort is the main work people should do. But no matter how small or large our part in building God's Kingdom is and no matter where it is based it is important.
I think this is so important - that we are called to be God's people and God's witnesses in our context whatever that might be. And recognising that context might change as God continues to lead us and guide us - but it may not and it might be right to continue to be God's people exactly where we are.
I still can't quite believe this but this morning my daily bible study had these words:
'Do not merely listen to the word...do what it says.' James 1:22
'When Nehemiah first saw the ruins of Jerusalem, he wept. Then he rolled up his sleeves and went to work. In the face of overwhelming odds and opposition, he rebuilt the walls in just fifty-two days. How? Because it was his vision and his passion! Question: Are you afraid to say, 'Lord, I'll do anything You want me to do,' in case He sends you somewhere you don't want to go, or asks you to do something you don't feel ready or qualified to do? You've got it wrong! The Bible says God's will is 'good, and acceptable, and perfect' (Romans 12:2). Now, while God's will is 'good', it's not necessarily easy. But He will give you a passion for it.'
How amazing is that after what I posted yesterday?!