Are You Willing?

We’re all familiar with Abraham, right? Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” Genesis 22:1-2

So without question, he went, and true to Gods character, He provided a better sacrifice and Isaacs life was spared.

Abraham could have said no. He could have argued with God, questioned the validity of what God was asking, but he didn’t.

Have you ever had God ask you to do something and when you obeyed, the door slammed shut in your face. Did you hear wrong? No. Its been my experience that before God opens big doors, He first tests you to see if you’re willing.

God’s probably not going to uproot your life and send you here, there and everywhere. He’s merely defining your level of willingness to be what He needs you to be. He may be leading you to take vacation in a place you’ve never been just so you can speak into one persons life. Are you willing?

Perhaps it’s stopping at a different gas station so that you can meet someone who needs an encouraging word, stop a suicide, save a life. Are you willing?

We must first learn to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and be used where we are before He moves you to your chosen mission field in timbucktoo. Be faithful where you are, in your local church, in your current job. Stop looking for something better or bigger and start listening to that still, small voice where you are.

He may first hit your pocketbook and tell you to give beyond your level of comfort, out of your need. He’ll check your obedience first in the area that’s hardest for you to yield in before He opens bigger doors for you. Obedience is the act or practice of obeying, the dutiful or submissive compliance.

Father, I’m so thankful for your voice. Help me to always be quick to obey, no matter how small or large. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 NLT

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