How can the Spirit of God, also known as the comforter play the role of a comforter if all our lives are full of comfort? Recently I began to think about the plans God has communicated with me regarding my life and calling, and there’s something tough in store. In one hand, God is calling me to a life where my business is people. My career being a missionary and loving co-heir with Christ, bringing “good news to the poor, Binding up the broken-hearted, proclaiming freedom to the captives, releasing from darkness the prisoners, etc… (Isaiah 61). On the other hand, there is the consequences of the first decision. Leaving my life, my friends, my future as I planned it without knowledge of when I may return or see the family again. While time goes on I catch myself in a fight between my call and my heart.
As we look back at some of the legends in the faith like Abraham, Moses parents, Moses, Rahab and more, they all have something in common. In order to step into their calling, a sacrifice had to be done and something had to be left behind. In the life of Abraham, we see that He was called to leave the land He knew, to reach a land unknown to him. Moses parents had to have faith in sending Moses down the river before being killed so that all of Israel could be free from the hand of Pharaoh. Then Moses sacrificed his comfortable life as the son of pharaoh’s daughter to follow God’s call. Rahab placed herself in danger by hiding the spies and through that sacrifice her family was saved. Just as they faced their crossroads moment in their life, I catch myself approaching mine. But you never know who will be impacted through your sacrifice.
Similar to Abraham, Moses, Rahab, I am not alone. God, being a good Father first of all knows best. He knows that without Him I do not know the difference between good and bad. I’ll be going around making decisions for myself believing that it is good when really it is just hedonism, seeing it as right because it feels good to me. And that’s not the truth. It is only when Christ intervenes that we notice the line in between marking the difference between right and wrong. Therefore, as God is with me, the plans that have been in place for thousands of years take place because I am in a constant connection with the Father.
I hear many Christians say, “life is hard”, and in a way it is true but that’s not the way that it is used in the saying stated above. To many, life is hard simply means that they have problems and troubles but when we look in the scripture that shouldn’t even be a comment because Jesus already addressed the issue that we would have trouble. All we have to do is take heart because He already overcame it. There’s no need to be troubled about something that is a promise. Instead, in those moments the right thing to do is turn to God. He speaks you know! He will guide you through the situation and whether hurt or not hurt, you’ll make it through. All it takes is obedience to Christ.
I love how Hebrews 12 starts, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfected of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Through the sacrifice of Jesus’ life and through the laying down of His life through obedience, He now sits in high places with God.
I sometimes feel the problem lies in not knowing we can hear God’s voice, and not knowing we are called to answer. And when He calls, we answer. Us as human beings who have been redeemed and received salvation from God through faith and nothing else are called to go and make disciples of all nations. That is a missionary calling in itself from God. But with such a great task how can we do this… It can be done through reaching one person at a time. It’s not something to be done through us but strictly through Him.
What is God saying to you?