When God sends out His followers, is He sending them on a wild-goose chase, or on some rabbit trail just to amuse Himself and make us look like idiots? Consider the passages below…
In Mark 11:1-4 we read the following, “Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; 2 and He said to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. 3 And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.’ 4 So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it.”
Acts 8:26-35 is another fascinating passage. This passage says that “26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over and join this chariot.’ 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ 31 And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: ‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. 33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.’ 34 And the eunuch said to Philip, ‘About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus says to “‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
The previous passages remind us that if we’re faithful and obedient to His command to “GO”, then we WILL find what it is He’s sending us to and or for. They went…and found. He went…and found. Seek…and you WILL find. Those promises come directly from God and His word. What a truly rewarding experience if you’ll GO when He commands you to go. Maybe He’ll have you do something as simple as fetching a “colt” for His purposes, or maybe He’ll have you open your mouth and share the gospel with someone. Either way, what an awesome feeling it is to know that you’ve made yourself available and obedient to His leading and guiding and then to be used by Him for His purpose to be fulfilled. Go and you WILL find. Believe it and live it out.
You might ask, “How will I know what I’m supposed to be looking for?” Sometimes He’ll make it blatantly obvious…find a tied-up colt. And sometimes He’ll lead you right to a searching soul…an “Ethiopian Eunuch.” Just be ready and willing to go.
I can completely relate with this challenge. I know for certain that God is calling me to Marshfield, WI. And I know that He’s not calling me there to fail. He will reveal to me what it is He’ll have me to be doing there and who exactly He wants me to be ministering to. The uncertainties and unknowns are real and do make me somewhat nervous (evidence that I care)…at the same time I am so pumped to see what He has prepared for me. In time He’ll calm my nerves and provide a confidence that can only come from Him. I can’t wait for Him to unleash me in a different community and ministry.
I’m also very fortunate to have a very supportive family. Last night I was watching American Pickers (Season 22…Episode 28). And on this episode Mike Wolf stated that, “If you’re fortunate enough to have a family that encourages you to follow that passion, then you are truly blessed. Susan and Berta were side by side with Bill while he was living his dream. In my opinion, that’s what made him a truly wealthy man.”
I could easily substitute some names out from Mike’s quote and put my own name and my family members names in there. My wife and daughters know that I have a passion for introducing people to the Lord and helping them grow in their relationship with Him. Their support and encouragement throughout this process has made me realize how truly fortunate, blessed, and wealthy I am in the eyes of the Lord. A huge “THANK YOU” to my cheerleaders.
Let me encourage you to listen to the following song and use it as your prayer to Him this morning…I'll Go Anywhere (feat. Lucas McCloud) (Live) - Circuit Rider Music - Bing video
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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