Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go and tell this people…”
When my daughter first began to learn how to spell, she was so excited. One of her first learned words was ‘go’. I would ask her, “Savannah, what does G-O spell?” and that little lady would shout with great pride,“Go!”
When I read God’s word, I imagine Him sounding the same way.
I hear passion when He tells Moses to go to Egypt.
“Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:12.
I hear urgency when He commands Ananias to go to Paul after seeing Jesus on the road to Damascus.
“But the Lord said to Ananias: Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.” Acts 9:15.
I hear assurance when He instructs Abraham to leave everything he knows for the promise land.
“The Lord said to Abraham, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1
God desires us all to go, to grow, and ultimately, to show His great love to the world.
But we have to move. We have to take that first step of faith.
I bet you’ve never heard a sermon where the pastor said, “Church, today I’m going to teach you how to stay right where you are in your relationship with Christ.” Want to know why I’m so confident in this? It’s because we were made to go into a deeper relationship with our Creator.
Does this mean that we are to do as Abraham? Pack up our lives? Leave what we know for some place new? For some of us, perhaps, if that is what the Lord has called you to. But I also believe God can use us right where we are.
God may be calling us to go and get into His word; to go visit that friend we haven’t seen at church in a while who is wavering in their faith; to go volunteer somewhere needed in the community.
You see, I believe the enemy can manipulate our thinking so that these everyday acts seem less important.
But let me tell you this: In what we do, if God is receiving glory, it is of the utmost importance.
“Through the history of God’s work you will usually find that He has started with the obscure, the unknown, the ignored, but with those who have been steadfastly true to Jesus Christ.” – Oswald Chambers
God can turn the ordinary into extraordinary when the heart is right and willing.
Are we going to be as Isaiah and cry out to God, “Here I am, send me”? Or are we going to allow the enemy and the world’s view of what is and isn’t important to rob us of what the Lord has already prepared in advance for us to do? To go out into the world with big faith.
With lots of love,