Saying “Yes” to God has never been easy. It’s never made sense and it often defies conventional wisdom.
- God told Noah to build a massive ark to survive a worldwide flood, all in the face of a mocking culture.
- God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations and then, after having one son, God told him to go kill that very son.
- God spoke to Moses out of a burning bush and challenged him to return to Egypt, where he was an outlaw.
- God instructed Joshua, who was about to fight a battle at Jericho, that his best battle plan was to take a walk around the city…over and over again for an entire week.
- Ezekiel was told by God to publicly lay on his left side for 390 days, then flip over and lay on his right side for another 40 days.
- Isaiah was commanded to walk around naked for 3 years.
- Naaman was told to wash in a dirty river seven times to be cured of leprosy, which was an incurable disease.
- Gideon’s army was reduced from over 30,000 down to 300 and then he was told to go fight a great army.
- Jesus called simple fishermen to “fish for men,” which was a curious career move.
- Jesus repeatedly sent His disciples out on missions with absolutely no supplies.
- Jesus commissioned His few followers to go and make disciples of the entire world, completely changing the cultures around them.
God has always been in the business of meeting us when we least expect it and asking us the question, “Do you trust Me enough to say ‘yes’?”
I have a couple of great friends who heard that question and said “yes” with everything they had, literally. One left his job and cashed in his retirement to go all in with a local ministry. The other felt so convicted that he has invested nearly $300,000 into that same ministry.
I have another friend who heard that question and said “yes” by going on a mission to bring a different person to church every Sunday this year. Another responded to Jesus’ question by choosing to sit in a small room and simply pray throughout church services because he knows there is power when we passionately pray. A couple others chose to jump into leading a student ministry even though it costs a personal sacrifice of time, energy and money.
As we are letting go of saying no together, what is Jesus calling you into? How are you going to respond today when He asks you that very same question… “Do you trust Me enough to say ‘yes’?”
Because of His power within us, we have all the potential we need to change our town…to turn our city into a place of hope, where people are loved and welcomed into the family. But it’s only possible if we individually and collectively choose to say, “YES.”