The past two weeks, I have felt God challenge me in my family life, in my ministry life, and in my own spiritual growth. I found myself diving deeper into Scripture that I already knew to find answers I already knew but the Spirit showed me a new way to apply it. The Word is Living, y'all hear me!
God is moving in my life and asking me/calling me to things I never would have planned. It led to me diving deep into Genesis 22 where God asks Abraham to take his son, Isaac, to be an offering. Out of this section, I am led to just realize the willingness that both Abraham and Isaac displayed to be open to what God was asking them. We see the obedience of both Abraham who took his son to be an offering and Isaac who could have run away or fought his father when his father started to tie him up but he didn't. However, God wasn't going to let Abraham sacrifice his son. For Christ Himself was going to supply the offering.
Sometimes, God asks us to do something and He has no intention of you actually completing what He asks but simply wants to see if you are willing to Trust Him. I always realized this was a lesson on Trusting God and a story that would help us understand what God was going to do with sacrificing His son, but I didn't seem to see the fact that God was asking, "Are you willing?" And the answer was, "Yes" from Abraham but he didn't have to do it.
There have been two major things in my life that God is moving my heart with. One seems be something we just had to be willing to do but will not [yet]. And the other may be something that He calls me to that I very much will start working on. But with both I have learned a huge lesson is a short amount of time.
No matter what it is I need to be willing to do it if God calls. That could mean adoption, that could mean changing my ministry field a bit, that could mean changing my degree program to better fit where He is calling me. It could mean doing something that is not on my plan, my chosen plan but following His plan.
Yielding up my will for His will. (Cause I am Nazarene... Sanctification had to make its appearance somewhere, duh!)
It seems so simple but yet is so complex in everyday living. We have to be willing to follow him or we won't. We have to be open to His way or we will close the door before He has the chance to open it. And if we are not open, we could be the one who locks the door or is holding it closed so it doesn't open. But whatever we do and whatever He calls us to do, we must do it in love and trust. I never thought of the love behind Abraham, as he was taking his son to be a sacrifice. But I can tell you this, he was quick to stop when Christ said, "Stop!" He trusted and loved God above all else and he loved his son. I find it relieving that Abraham probably also felt relieved when he didn't have to do something that he was willing to do. hahaha, you know what I mean. Just because you are willing to do something doesn't mean you want to.
But after the last two weeks of God asking me, "Bobbi are you willing?" My answer is "Yes, Lord. I am willing. I am open. And I will do it with and in love." Is Christ asking you, "Are you willing?"