… or check, if you’re American. 😀
A missionary society wrote to David Livingstone (a Scottish missionary to Africa in the 1800s) and asked, “Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you.” Livingstone wrote back, “If you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”
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 cheque—not simply from our financial institutions, but from our lives—sign it at the bottom and hand it over to Him to do with as He pleases?
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)