I’ve written a Victory Call in the past about stepping out of your comfort zones for Jesus when sharing your faith. Now, I know that the idea of sharing your faith is a pretty elementary idea for believers. Whether they share their faith regularly or not, every Christian can agree that it’s something we are supposed to do; the Bible commands us, after all.
But what about when we need to step out of our comfort zones for Jesus in a different way? If the Lord told you that you needed to drop everything, move to a dangerous third-world country, and do His work there… how would you respond?
Many people would respond in the following ways:
“Oh, I’m sure it’s just my mind making things up. I don’t think God is really calling me to do that.”
“I am not in a place in my life where I should be doing that. I don’t think it’s *really* God’s plan for me.”
“I’m far too old (or far too young) to be doing something like that. God probably wants to use someone else.”
Now, for most of us, the job God has called us to is to live a pretty “normal” life. Many of us are called to be a godly mother and wife, one who actively shares her faith with her community. A job like that is of such amazing and great importance. But what if God has a different plan for you than you have for yourself? Who will you listen to?
I heard a quote once that I really like: “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” If we open up scriptures to Hebrews 13 and look at verses 20-21, it states:
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
The Lord will equip you with everything you need to fulfill His purpose. Factors like your age or your societal status don’t matter. He qualifies the called. Look at Moses, for example. He used every excuse he could to try and “get out” of leading God’s people out of Egypt. After all, there must be someone more eloquent in speech, right? And what if people didn’t believe him?
Do we say the same thing to God? “There must be someone else more suitable for the job, Lord.” As Christians, we can’t live with the belief that God doesn’t have everything worked out, that He isn’t bigger than our doubts, or that we know better. If God has called us to do something really radical in His name, who are we to argue? Shouldn’t we be honored and humbled by that? If everyone said “no” to God, the Christian message would not reach all ends of the earth.
If we turn to Romans 12, we can read Paul’s words to Christ’s people. In verse 1 he writes: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.”
We are called to totally surrender to God and His will. It’s a matter of obedience or disobedience. If there’s something you feel God prompting you to do, whether really radical or just simply uncomfortable, I want to encourage you to fully surrender. God has big plans for you, and big blessings that come with it, you just need to let Him use you.
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She had served on Summer Staff since 2011, and in 2015 had the unique opportunity of co-directing Children’s Ministry with one of her best friends. She is very excited to continue to build relationships with the guests and be very involved in the ministry.