Stop being sensible!

November 7, 2006

If God wanted you to leave your home, your town and your belongings right now, would you….: a) Have had time in your day to hear Him say that?  b) Obey his command?  c) Rationalise and say you need to be cautious and sensible?

I’m tempted to accuse Christians (myself included) of getting too comfortable, and thereby renouncing their true identity as ‘followers’ of Christ. 

The life of characters in the Bible both in the Old and New Testaments show people who were willing to be different, to be radical… whether that was fleeing to another country on the back of a dream, building an ark due to a word from God, sharing possessions with an entire community, or relying on God’s provision so as to take on the life of a travelling evangelist.

Yes, you may have family and a job or studies which you are tied to, but i believe it is not just pastors, vicars and priests who are called to the radical life. Every Christian is called to live an extraordinary life under the anointing of the Spirit where God places them, but that includes being ready to move as and when is necessary. 

In the busyness of life, do we expect God to speak to us in the way He did to Joseph, Moses, David, Paul and the early Church Communities?  Are we ready to be at God’s disposal or tied up in worldy structures? 

We can experience a higher level than we’re living right now if only we’re able to detach ourselves and EXPECT God to want to move in big ways!

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24 Responses to “Stop being sensible!”

  1. timglass said

    If following Him was all we were called to do, that would be easy! The hard part is following Him with a cross on our back. Remember the parable of the sower? Matt. 13:3-9 also, Matt. 16:24-28.
    His blessings this day!

  2. Father Joe said

    “If God wanted you to leave your home, your town and your belongings right now, would you?”

    I recall the sacrifices of the late Bishop Walsh and a Father Greene, both of them Maryknollers who served in China. As with so many missionaries, God literally did call them to embrace poverty and to leave everyone and everything to follow him. This is more than a matter of material or financial detachment; it had to do with putting aside all those ordinary and good things in which most men and women find comfort and security.

    Both of these men here ended up in Chinese prisons and faced torture. Their captors taunted the men with such things as, “Word has come that your mother has died. Confess to your crimes and we will let you go. What kind of son are you not to be there when she needed you? Your parishioners have denounced you and your faith, your work here has been for nothing! You have wasted your life.” There were also all sorts of physical tortures, like filling the cells with water and neglecting food and water and sanitation. The Communist Chinese would even have past associates and members of the flock publicly renounce the missionaries for the most sordid of crimes and then spit upon them as they were processed through the streets.

    Jesus offers only a few promises if we follow him, and most of these pledges have to do with the next life; when it comes to this world, he promises “and persecution besides” making his appeal a strange sales pitch indeed. Nevertheless, we are inspired by the lives of our missionaries and the many saints and martyrs who gave up everthing to follow Jesus. Our Lord does not even promise that we will see the spiritual fruit of our labors in others. Indeed, when our lives here are done, we might be counted as failures by most everyone.

    But God did not call us to be successful, only to be faithful.

  3. Shirley said

    Good morning, Maria. Thank you for this pointed and thought provoking post. Last week at a conference, I spent some time with a missionary from Germany, a delightful lady with whom I had some precious conversation. She is suffering from bronchitis, but at the moment hardly has time to spent the few days resting she needs because of their schedule as they go from church to church to raise funds for their work. My heart went out to her. Yes, there are some who truly listen to the voice of God and go when He says go. I pray I can move into that class.

    Blessings today and always.

    Shirley Buxton
    http://www.writenow.wordpress.com

  4. christiekk said

    Very challenging thoughts! It is too easy to hide behind cliches like “it’s not my calling” or “I can serve God from here, in my sweet little comfy bubble,even though He wants me elsewhere”. I have used my studies in the past, as an excuse.

    Abram, a 75 year-old man woke up and left all he had built behind because it was God’s command.

    “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others’ (Genesis 12:1-2)

    It is a challenge worth taking.God is in control.

  5. Amber said

    I’ve striving to grow to the point where I can answer this question with an emphatic YES!

    I have attachments to all sorts of “things”. I’m a packrat and save everything but lately I’ve felt like a slave to those things and I’m starting to see the benefits in letting go of them.

    I want to do more for God but I feel tied to my job and just trying to survive in life…

  6. John Browne said

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    In Christ

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  7. Rob Chagdes said

    Nicely said. I want to live an extraordinary life for God, and need to take time to listen for that to happen.

  8. helenl said

    Great post, Maria. May we listen for God’s call and then act accordingly.

  9. Chris D said

    I love these daily devotionals, Maria–Thank you for the reminder and the gentle confrontation!

    Chrisd

  10. Your post reminded me of something which aired this morning on a local radio station. The topic was Christians who are spiritually asleep.

    3 things about being asleep:
    a) You don’t know you are asleep until you wake.
    b) You think things while asleep that you never would awake.
    c) You hate the alarm that wakes you up.

  11. I agree, and I know we can reach a “Higher-Level of life than we’ve known – if only we would allow God to get us there.
    Thanks for the encouraging post Maria.

    In Him,
    Jamie

  12. Keith M. said

    I think a lot of Christians today are trying to live ‘halfway’ between God and things.

    ~No man can serve two masters.

  13. Coops said

    What a challenge!

  14. Steve said

    This is what we should all do Live and follow God and don’t get complacent. Just do it.

    God Is Good.

    Steve

  15. Good post, Maria. My family and I felt God calling us to start a church in the city where we are now located. We left a great church, which we had been a big part of for 14 years and moved about 40 miles away. If God should call us somewhere else at another time, I pray we would have the sensitivity and courage to move on.

  16. Victor said

    I’ve asked YOU LORD My God to bless all of my days, pass plus future and to wrap them all UP as one Present.

    If I have not been following YOUR PlAN then please Jesus lend me YOUR HEAR cause I want YOUR WILL to be my command no matter what it might bring.

    Having said those words Lord Jesus, please continue to show YOUR MERCY on this poor poor sinner.

  17. Rebecca said

    I think it is important to listen to the still small voice of God, preferably in front of the Blessed Sacrament. We just have to slow down our minds and listen.

    Nice blog, BTW!

  18. ScottyG said

    WOW! I would love to have that kind of a clear revelation from God to guide me in taking some bold steps! I would be proud to say look at what I left behind to serve you Lord, but would that be serving Him or me? For now, home seems too be the place he wants me.
    I’m not in bad company though, Paul was very appreciative of those who stayed at home yet supported him on his journey. He wrote very fondly of them.
    There’s no room for complacency here though, there’s plenty to do!
    Thanks for encouraging me to keep listening for that call and keep busy in the mean time.

  19. Dana said

    thanks for visiting my site, this is an awesome post, I so agree with you, we are to be different, the world is hungry to see someone who stands for something, someone who offers hope. Thanks for a great post!

  20. Jessica said

    Hello! I just wanted to drop by and say thanks for visting my blog. 🙂

  21. Jason said

    if you havn’t already i think you would enjoy reading this book. “The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within” by Erwin Raphael McManus. Its really about being uncomfortable and unrestrained. Its a pretty short read and can easily be done in a week. We should act, act as God intended, whole heartedly. But in honesty who of us christians does that? Its a real eye opener when you think about what else could i be doing for God?

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