Say Yes — #yHiShareto33
How many times in our lives has God called us and we chose to ignore Him? When was the last time you fled to your Tarshish, or looked for an Aaron to shift responsibility to? I’m sure you and I had (or are currently having) our Jonah and Moses moments — we looked for excuses and lied to ourselves that we’re called to do other things aside from God’s work. It’s easy to disregard God’s calling for our lives when we have our own agenda.
It says in Matthew 28:19–20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Clearly, God is calling us to serve Him by sharing the gospel but we find ourselves stuck with the pre-command of go. It’s difficult for us to say yes to our Nineveh’s and Egypt’s, and so we can’t even proceed with the real command of making disciples.
But if we look closely into our hearts and assess the root cause of why we fail to say yes, it is because of disobedience. We, not only deny our duty to the Lord but also, show that we do not love Him completely. Jesus had asked his disciples, which applies in our moments of disobedience, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). Sharing the gospel is not an option that God gives us to so we can serve Him. It should be the goal of everything that we do.
In one of our meetings for the upcoming B1G 13 Leadership Conference, a good friend of mine gave our opening devotional by talking about Moses and his stubbornness in Exodus 4. What struck me the most was when he said, “God will address all these concerns, you just have to say yes.” There are many ways we can share the gospel, and I would like to encourage you to do so with every opportunity you get.
Say Yes to Passion
We are all passionate about something: family, music, food, etc.; and we find ourselves chasing after every dream possible. These passions, these dreams, God uses them so we can minister and be part of God’s work. He doesn’t call everyone to go to another country and become a missionary. He has used bloggers, photographers, singers, dancers, and different kinds of passionate people to be a vessel of His love and grace to those who need it.
Say yes to God by serving Him and bringing glory to Him. Share the gospel of Jesus by giving back with what He gave you.
Say Yes to People
We are beings created to have a relationship with Him, and to have relationships with the people around us. We are each other’s’ source of encouragement, hope, and love. There are days when others need us — sometimes as a confidant, a source of advice, or just someone to lean on to — and we have the tendency to think of ourselves first.
Say yes to God by demonstrating love to people He puts in your life. Share the gospel of Jesus by sharing His love through your actions.
Say Yes to Purpose
We, at some point, are all visionary — thinking about our future and what lies ahead. We think about how we’d want to be known or what would make us believe that we lived a fulfilled life. But at the end of the day, our mission should be geared towards the expansion of His kingdom. Whatever you’re doing, wherever you’re going, maximize the chances and share.