My honest answer – it depends on what He wants me to do.
That’s just like us, right? We pray to be used by God and when that whisper, that initial nudge comes down from heaven, we balk.
Whoa now, God, hold on. You can’t possibly mean that you want me to carry out that assignment. I mean there’s a limit to my abilities and you know that service isn’t my strong suit. But, if you want me to do this other thing that utilizes my favorite talent, well then I’ll surrender completely. How ‘bout we try that, Lord?
Jumping Onboard the HOG Express
Apparently, I’m not the only one who has the gall to tell God what’s best. It seems that seating on the HOG (Hold on, God) Express is near capacity. Let me tell you about a few of my fellow passengers.
By the window sits this young guy, Jeremiah, who God ordained to be a prophet to the nations. Before he was born, God anointed him to be this phenomenal speaker. When Jere learned of this appointment, his response was “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak for I am a youth.” But the Lord said to him, “do not say, I am a youth, for you shall go to all to whom I send you. Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” [Jeremiah 1:4-9] Oops!
A little further down the aisle is another young chap. His name is Jonah. God wanted him to go to the wicked city of Nineveh and preach to the people there. Jonah knew all too well the reputation of Nineveh so when God said, “go,” Jonah said “no.” He took off in the opposite direction and ended up in the belly of a whale. [Jonah 1] Whew! I think that’s just a wee bit more than “hold on, God.”
Finally, in the last seat, rests an older gentleman with a long, flowing gray beard. He’s known as Moses. A lot of miles and years of wandering are etched on his face. He hiked to a mountaintop, saw the Lord in a burning bush, and for 40 years, led a nation to within inches of the Promise Land. But when he was first called by God, his reaction was similar to what mine might have been. “Who am I that I should go to the Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt? [Exodus 3:11] God’s loving response came quickly.
God’s Persistent Love
Thank goodness God never gives up.
Upon hearing God’s call, our initial impulse might be to flee like my fellow HOG travelers. Fortunately, God understands us and isn’t deterred by our actions. By His grace, mercy, and relentless love, He continues to pursue us. He has a job for each individual who signs up for duty. Don’t worry about what you can or cannot do…just sign up!
“When God calls you to do a task for Him, He does not ask you to be adequate; He only asks you to be available.” Warren Wiersbe
The choice is ours, dear friends. Resist flight. There’s work to be done.
Be a blessing,