Saturday, March 28, 2009

Answer the Phone...

God is on Line One. Or at least He should be. Too often I see Him calling when I am already on the phone, busy doing what I want, and I let the call waiting keep flashing. Our speaker at the retreat talked about The 7 Elements of the Faithful Life. This week in Bible study we talked about Moses and the call to lead the Exodus, and I can't help but compare the two.
  1. There is a call: A clear word from God, calling us out of our circle of confidence.
  2. There is an obedience: We can say we love God, but we need to put feet to it.
  3. There is an even though: Despite all the reasons not to, we pursue and obey. Even though.
  4. There is a later: Things don't proceed immediately, but always in God's timing.
  5. There is a looking forward: Just keep going, putting one foot in front of the other.
  6. There is a test: A test is given to see if we have mastered the subject matter and learned to apply it. Can we recognize it when we are in one?
  7. There is a reward: "Well done, good and faithful servant."

If you woke up today, God has a call for your life. It may not be to lead an Exodus, but could you be a voice of hope leading someone out of some sort of bondage? Is there an attitude or mindset you are being called to leave behind? Are you being asked to love someone unlovable? Are you being asked not to fear, but realize that God is with you? Even though...

Whatever it is, it takes a certain amount of faith to get started. By definition, faith holds no guarantees, but being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Answer the phone and see where God is inviting you to go.