November 20th, 2017 — DEVOTE

Have you ever gone through a job change? That’s probably a silly question, right? Most everyone has. But think about it. You may not have left your field of expertise, your skill or competence, but maybe you joined a different company, relocated to a different region, or maybe you just stopped one thing and started another.

However it looked and however it panned out, there were some adjustments that needed to be made. You talked about salary and benefits before you took the job. You had to learn a new system in the office, or protocol out in the field. The transition, though not all that difficult, was a new learning curve. There were new people to deal with and maybe a new boss to report to.

But what do you think it would be like if God called you to do the complete opposite of what you’re doing now? What kind of adjustment would it take for you to stop what you’re doing and make a 180 degree turn to undo all that you did?

That’s what I think of when I read the account of a very relgious man who was persecuting Christians, by the name of Saul. This guy was relentless. He was downright scary. He was also very good at what he did. He so despised the Christians that he got permission from the religious authorities to arrest them. He travelled all over the land to do his job. He wasn’t going to quite until he snubbed out this new movement.

But then, he had an encounter with Jesus and instead of arresting Christians, he “started telling people that Jesus is the Son of God,” (Acts 9:20b CEV) and in essence, giving them freedom.

The Bible also tells us this…
“When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the followers. But they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe he was a true follower.” Acts 9:26CEV

Just think about it. The people you used to work for, no longer want you, trust you or like you because you turned your back on them. And the people you’re now working with, don’t want you, trust you or like you, because of what you used to do. But you have no choice, because God called you to this position. God designed you for this ministry. God chose you to be His spokesperson.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: A good number of people have felt the tug of the Holy Spirit to step out into something new, but because it was a bit ackward, or it really didn’t seem possible, or it was frightening, they didn’t do it. Don’t be that person. When God calls you, go do it. It doesn’t matter what everyone thinks or how they treat you. It doesn’t matter if you understand it or it seems like a rational thing to do. Just walk out in faith and allow God to take care of the details.

When You call, I want to answer You. Help me Holy Spirit. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen