If you are brave enough to step outside of your comfort zone, you don’t have to look long to find homelessness, poverty, disease, abuse, and other sad issues. Once you see the injustice with your own eyes, you might find it hard to go back to business as usual. You donate some money to the cause, but the restlessness remains. What now?
Is this my cause?
When a particular injustice continually elicits strong emotion, you might ask God, “Is there something You want me to do?”
“For we are God’s [own] handiwork, recreated in Christ Jesus [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” Ephesians 2:10 (AMP)
I believe that God places specific desires and passions in His children so we can be His hands and feet. Ask God if He wants you to be a part of this cause. He will be faithful to answer you!
“Keep on asking and it will be given to you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (AMP)
Does God need me?
If after prayer, you sense God asking you to take action, you may find yourself a bit overwhelmed. The need is so great. Offering of your personal time and resources feels like you are giving one thimble of water to an entire thirsty football team.
Andrew and the little boy must have felt the same way when they offered Jesus the five loaves and two fish. If I had been the boy, I most likely would have tried to discreetly eat my lunch, hoping no other hungry person would see me. I wouldn’t really matter in the big scheme of things, right?
“Jesus looked up then, and seeing that a vast multitude was coming toward Him, He said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread, so that all these people may eat?’ But He said this to prove (test) him, for He well knew what He was about to do.” John 6:5-6 (AMP)
Jesus knew He was going to do the real work. He created the universe out of nothing and didn’t actually need the five loaves and two fish to feed the crowd. After all, we see in Exodus 16, that He could have just as easily have commanded bread to fall from the sky!
“For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills and all that moves in the field is Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are Mine.” Psalm 50:10-12 (ESV)
I don’t know about you, but knowing that God doesn’t need me, takes the pressure off. God has called me but doesn’t need me. So, what does that actually mean for us? It means that we get to be a part of His great adventure and watch for His miraculous provision.
“The Samaritan woman said to Him, ‘How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan [and a] woman, for a drink?’ –For the Jews have nothing to do with Samaritans- Jesus answered, ‘If you had only known and recognized God’s gift and Who is saying to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you living water.” John 4:9-10 (AMP)
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” Isaiah 55:1 (ESV)
We must sound like the Samaritan woman when we talk with God about our calling!
Me: “Who am I that You are asking me to do something about this gigantic need? What I have to offer wouldn’t even make a difference.”
God: “Do you know with Whom you are speaking?! If you realized Who I AM then you would just ask Me and I would happily provide more than you need for the task, most importantly, the joy of My presence!”
Even though we will never fully grasp Who God is (He is better than we could comprehend), we do know that He knows exactly who we are! He made us and is fully aware that we can’t make a difference in our own strength, but He delights to show Himself strong on our behalf.
“Your God has commanded your strength [your might in His service and impenetrable hardness to temptation]; O God, display Your might and strengthen what You have wrought for us!” Psalm 68:28 (AMP)
Go ahead and tell Jesus “yes” to the adventure He has planned for you. I can almost hear heaven rejoicing, “She said YES!”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 (NASB)