Keep going until I tell you to stop…
Most of us have heard that on our driving test, where we have our foot hovering over the break ready to do an emergency stop.
Many of us seem to think this is how our Christian lives work, with one foot hoovering over the break ready to stop the car and do something else more interesting.
…often waiting to serve God with the ‘real’ stuff, not realising that the real stuff is actually hear and now.
Often too, we can need to hear the call and get umpteen confirmations before we get up off our butt and do something, but we give it up much easier.
When the going gets tough what do we do, is this an opportunity to continue to serve onwards faithfully, like Nehemiah who continued to build the walls of the city in the face of ridicule and persecution.
Bill Wilson, the leader of the worlds largest Sunday School in Brooklyn New York, says ‘Christians often quit before the miracles kick in’…
So where has God placed you, the people around you are important, the context you are in is unique to you, you have openings and opportunities that no one else can minister into quite like you.
And even if God is calling you from somewhere to somewhere else, the past experience isn’t wasted… One of my favourite verses is “all things work for the good of those who love him” this doesn’t mean (I believe) that God sends bad stuff, rather he hijacks the bad stuff and even what was (to quote the story of Joseph) meant for harm God turned around for good.
So, in the words of Robin Williams from Dead Poets Society, sieze the day ‘Carpe Diem’ don’t wait for God’s calling to start, it probably is already here, be faithful with what he has given you now, and as you prove trustworthy in small things he will entrust you with more (as Jesus said in the parable of the talents).
My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.