Several weeks ago we began to look at the dynamic of Living Sent. We have addressed “Why Live Sent.” We shared that we are saved, sanctified and commissioned to live sent. In this post I want to begin to answer the question of “How Do We Live Sent?”
The Book of Acts is a book of action. The Son of God has gone up and the Spirit of God has come down. Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria have been infiltrated with the gospel. Lives are transformed and churches started. The apostles are empowered and disciples scattered and with their scattering the gospel is being scattered with them. Stephen is stoned, Paul is saved and the church is growing rapidly.
When God calls, FAITH should be our response. Abraham had only known life with his extended family. If Abraham had stayed in the place that was familiar, he wouldn’t have exercised the same amount of faith it took to move.
More faith is used to move than to stay. Yes, challenges are in every town, city, state, nation and country. But whenever we are called to leave the familiar for the unknown and uncertain, our faith is tested. And faith is not what you can see, but what you can’t see. Faith is the heart response. Obedience is the physical response. Faith says, “Yes God.” Obedience is one foot then another. We follow not because of where He’s leading or who else will be there or what we can expect, but because it’s God and He alone is worth following.
By faith we move. My family has had to believe God for what we couldn’t see and make steps into uncharted waters. And the tricky part about faith is that because it’s invisible, it’s hard to paint the picture to those around us of what we’ve been asked to do. That’s why we have to be certain of the calling.
In pastoral ministry God just might move you. There are times you might be looking to move and hoping to move. You might even be in the place where you are asking, “God why don’t you move me?” Of course, at the same time there might be many people in the pews asking the same question, “When are you going to move this guy.” Hopefully not, but it happens.
I was actually told one time that I was not a good fit. Can you believe that? Well the truth is I really wasn’t. God did move men, but on His timetable.
God moved one of our children to Russia for a couple of years serving with the IMB. You might ask, “what’s so strange about that?” Well, you would have to know this particular daughter. As a child she would get homesick 1 mile from home…8 o’clock at night.
God moved part of our family to San Francisco to plant a church. That took a listening ear, an obedient heart and much faith.
The ﬁrst time we see this show up in the Scriptures is in Genesis 12:1-3 when God speaks to Abram,
“Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”
God heard the cry of His people Israel and wanted to free them from slavery. How would He accomplish this?
Exodus 3:10 records God’s conversation with Moses, “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
God is about sending us to do something.
(More next time)