In our daily lives we are prepared for most things which interest us, hold our attention, pay us for our services (we-ell sometimes) or something we enjoy.
When the situation arises or requires will we be in the front-line leading the way, proving by example or making sure we reach the required standards. The standards set by ourselves and/or the standards set by others. The yardsticks our managers, coaches, leaders and superiors call upon us in various ways.
The outcome or lack of interest which we exhibit will decide if we are a success or a failure, a leader or an also ran, an achiever or run of the mill. It is that call to action which we acknowledge and to which we respond which marks our life on this earth. We are rated by our ways and our ethics (those who understand the meaning of course).
I am firmly convinced God also wishes to use those of us prepared to listen and to answer His call.
Are we prepared?
Oswald Chambers says “We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. Yet the man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who receives the prize when the summons comes.”
“Readiness means having a right relationship to God and having the knowledge of where we are.”
I spend far too much of my time advising God on what He should be considering for me and my talents. I mean is He actually aware of my gifts and just how valuable I am and what a difference I can make in His plan of things. Besides leading a seminar on humility of course!
The thing is, in my case, my time of meditation is inclined to be a bit noisy because of all the feedback I am providing to God.
First question I need to answer is do I recognise His voice when He does call?
One of my favourite quotes is from Soren Kierkegaard who said “A man prayed and at first he thought prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realised that prayer is listening.” Ignoring the poor grammar the lesson is an obvious one. How can you hear His call if you’re talking all the time?
John 10:27-28 (NLT) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.
Second question I need to answer is why should or would He call on me?
Now don’t go all philosophical and theological on me the answer (in my mind anyway) is a simple one.
Once again Oswald Chambers asks “Have you deliberately committed your will to Jesus Christ? It is a transaction of the will, not of emotion; any positive emotion that results is simply a superficial blessing arising out of the transaction. If you focus your attention on the emotion, you will never make the transaction.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
‘Do not depend on your own understanding’. Now there is one big step to take.
I find it interesting Oswald says committing my will to God is not an emotional act but it is a physical undertaking using my will. In other words I commit my will to Jesus and concentrate on that alone because the emotions, the call and my faith will all follow Him.
Now why didn’t I think about that before?
Breathe on me, Breath of God, Fill me with life anew. That I may love what Thou dost love and do what Thou wouldst do. (Edwin Hatch).
Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready— he is ready.