The small child clutched a few coins in her hand. She eyed the collection plate at the front of the church. She started to step out, then turned back to her mother and with tear-filled eyes, pled, “Come with me.”
Mike, a young teen, leaned forward, listening intently, as the conference speaker pled for more Bible Translators. “I’m weak in theology,” Michael thought. “God wouldn’t call me to do that.” Shifting in his seat, he started to lean back, but wait, what was the speaker saying? Mike focused again, hearing loud and clear that teachers, accountants, and mechanics, were needed too.
“I can do some of those things,” Mike thought as he felt the butterflies stir in his stomach. “But I’m not sure I can leave my friends and family.”
The support of others is important to us. We don’t want to tackle new endeavors alone. Joshua in the Old Testament experienced similar feelings. God challenged him, “Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” And we, as followers of Christ, are never alone, because Jesus has promised, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Whether we are a child, a teen, or an adult, we can step out with confidence to do what God calls us to do. So take a casserole to your new neighbor, visit an elderly person, accept that call to missions, then declare along with the Psalmist, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you...”.
Father, please give me the peace and confidence to go or do whatever your will is for me.
NIV Joshua 1:9, Matthew 28:20, Psalm 56:3
I am a retired teacher that desires to make Jesus known.