My discipler, Princess shared with me last week, “Want to know God’s will? He has already spoken (in His Word). What remains (to be done) is our obedience.” I think it’s easier to study God’s Word than to apply it. It’s easier to dish it out than to live it out. I could recite Matthew 6:33 : (Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness) and pull it out of my hat when it seemed appropriate to give. But it didn’t strike me as what I needed until after several days that I had already read it.
When I was invited by my discipler, Mama Beth, to attend a teacher’s training last January 27, I was moved that God would give me an opportunity to return to formal women’s ministry. One of my favorite scenes in the bible is when Jesus restored Peter after the latter denied Him three times (just soon after he professed enough love to die for Him). I totally enjoyed learning at the training. But when came the following text for signup to serve at the Thursday Bible Study as facilitator, I couldn’t immediately say yes. The should-I-shouldn’t-I dialogue went on in my mind. I didn’t want to be all gungho on signing up and then when the business expansion that He allowed me to start gets well under way, I might be absent or late or not be able to give 100%. I might not be able to deliver as well when it comes to work and that wouldn’t be glorifying to The Lord either. My daily schedule is so busy lately and up next on the list was to really streamline my menu.
The Facilitators’ Training Schedule was for February 12. By February 10, I recalled the Feb 6 YouVersion Verse of the Day: “And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”
The words I underscored above tied in with my menu task which was keeping me from committing to serve God. He impressed on my heart that if I take care of His business, He will take care of my business (a quote from a brother in Christ). So on February 10, I set my heart on going to the Facilitators’ Training. Not surprisingly, a big squabble happened among my employees that morning that I needed to attend to. By the time I was done, I would have been fifteen minutes late for the training. How embarassing to start my commitment with this tardiness but I told The Lord that I would still go there, maybe with a paper bag over my head as I walk in, but I will go. I ran from the parking lot to the training room until I got to my chair, only to find out that the training hadn’t started yet because they were hoping to start only after the newly-arrived-from-abroad speaker came. So The Lord enabled me to get the full training after all.
In time for Valentine’s week, I thank God for enabling me to obey His call to serve. After all, His love language is obedience. Now Lord, You have to help me follow this through not by might nor power but by Your Spirit in Jesus’s name amen.