In Judges 6, there is an awesome story about a man, Gideon, being called by God. It’s always very interesting to me to see how people respond when God gives them a huge mission. I mean, imagine getting called by God, into a life of prophecy and pretty much certain death… that’s basically what Gideon was doing.
In the call of Gideon, the Lord comes to Gideon with a task. This task isn’t just a small one either. The Lord calls on Gideon to save Israel. Gideon responds to the Lord with, “How can I save Israel?” I constantly ask myself, “How can I save my town? How can I save my friends? How can I save my family?” When we focus all about ourselves, that's when we start struggling because we're not that strong. The Lord answers Gideon with, “But I will be with you.” God is telling Gideon it doesn’t matter how strong you are, how pretty, how perfect, you just have to be willing to serve Him. You may be wondering how this event even relates to us. I mean God is specifically speaking to Gideon and giving his directions, but He doesn't do that to us. The last thing recorded in Matthew says, “I will be with you always to the very end of the age.” Anywhere that God takes us, He's already been there.
Your call is a big thing, but the action that follows is even bigger. You're being called right now. I always say our last mission statement is Matthew 28:19-
We have to constantly focus on this call because the call leads to action. This action isn’t always where you run to a different country or hop on a plane, it may be spiritual action. When heaven opened up and God told Jesus, “I’m ready for you,” Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and prepared. His call didn’t lead to immediate action that other people saw, it led to action within. Some people may never know you are preparing for the huge things God has in store for you. The only thing that matters is that you’re ready. When God calls us, we can’t stop it, and honestly, we won’t want to stop it. God works like that. He changes our outside circumstances, so we will change within.
You may still be asking, “How can I save Israel?” I constantly do. But I think the whole point is that we can’t save broken people. We can’t spread the Gospel to every corner of the world. Only God can do that. Listen closely and stay focused on the mission. Don’t be like Gideon, just remember who God is.
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