Giving God a blank cheque

… or check, if you’re American. ๐Ÿ˜€

A missionary society wrote to David Livingstone (a Scottish missionary to Africa in the 1800s) and asked, โ€œHave you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you.โ€ Livingstone wrote back, โ€œIf you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I donโ€™t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.โ€

How often do we enthusiastically declare that we want to serve God…but only if it’s convenient for us, on our terms, as it fits into our pre-determined schedules? How willing are we to write God a blank chequeโ€”not simply from our financial institutions, but from our livesโ€”sign it at the bottom and hand it over to Him to do with as He pleases?

closeup of blank check

Perhaps you’ve been serving God for many years, at a church, camp, charity or some other type of ministry. Or maybe you’re a brand-new Christian. Maybe you’ve been a Christian for a long time but haven’t yet taken the plunge to use your gifts in God’s kingdom. Wherever you are on that spectrum, I pray that you would be willing to follow wherever the Lord leads you, even if that means taking a narrow, unfamiliar path or paving a new road altogether.

I came across a quote a few months ago by the Casting Crowns that fits well with this theme:

“God, help us stop shopping for the church we WANT and start being the church the world NEEDS.”

And let us not forget the words of Jesus:

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)



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