Part 3 – practical life examples
I thought it time to add an example of stepping out in faith: giving God our whole life as an offering, and trusting in Him for His promise – peace, joy, hope, love . . . eternal life.
Consider the words of Karen Watson. This woman went to Iraq as a missionary and was killed by unknown assailants on the 15th March, 2004. This is the letter she wrote before she went:
You should only be opening this letter in the event of my death.
When God calls there are no regrets. I tried to share my heart with you as much as possible, my heart for the nations. I wasn’t called to a place; I was called to Him. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, His glory my reward, His glory my reward…
The missionary heart:
- Cares more than some think is wise
- Risks more than some think is safe
- Dreams more than some think is practical
- Expects more than some think is possible
I was called not to comfort or to success, but to obedience…
There is no joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving Him.
I love you and my church family.
In His care,
Now, I’m not implying that He calls us all to give our physical life, as in the beating of our heart, in service as Karen did. But I am saying that we should be prepared for persecution. We should be prepared for trials. For our hope is greater than all of this.
Not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Now this hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5).
What He calls us to give up is different for everyone. For some it is leaving a good job; others it is taking a higher paid job, but in an environment that drains them spiritually, physically or emotionally. It might mean sacrificing a beloved motorbike to give the money to a friend. Or perhaps sacrificing Friday night football to help out with the church youth group.
You will know what God is calling you to. Sometimes it is a still, quiet voice that repetitively speaks its direction, yet you know its not your own. Other times its a thought where your immediate reaction is “No! I can’t give that up . . . No, I love that too much.”
Don’t put worldly concerns above those of God’s Kingdom.
Put God to the test – give as He calls you (sacrificing whatever He lays on your heart to give over to Him) and trust Him to be your Provider.