When God Asks, Say "Yes"
Walking with God for over 20 years has taught me that when you dare to trust Him, He will take you into narrow places that require faith.
For six years, Colorado Springs, Colorado was my home. I loved the people, the ministry opportunities, and most of all, the nature. Many afternoons I pulled on my tennis shoes, grabbed my iPod, and headed out for a hike.
One afternoon as I rounded a curve on a trail at my hiking favorite spot, I unexpectedly sensed the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit: I want you to give me your life, even Colorado Springs. If I keep you here, I want you to be okay with that, and if I take you from here, I want you to be okay with that, too.
I turned to face the majestic Rockies.Tears puddled in my eyes and ran down my cheeks. Colorado was so special to me, but in previous months I had felt God tugging at my heart to give up this beautiful state I had come to call “home.”
Not only did I feel that He wanted me to leave Colorado but also to rid myself of many of my possessions to lighten my load so I could minister to groups without charge on a multi-state book tour.
One sunny day while sitting on the porch of my favorite coffee shop, I came across the story of the rich, young ruler in Mark 10. This story resonated in my heart: His possessions and riches were too important to Him; my comfort had become too important to me—and God was asking me to step out in faith.
After several other confirmations from the Lord that it was time to move, I placed my furniture for sale on Craigslist, and within two weeks it was gone. I gave away most everything else: my television, pictures, dishes and appliances—and I was off on a new adventure with Christ in my tiny Volkswagen.
Over the next year I lived out of a suitcase, sharing about Jesus with big and small groups. As soon as I made the decision to follow Christ into the unknown, unexpected miracles began to happen. He provided financially for me each step of the way even though I started my road trip with little. He also gave me the precious opportunity of wiping away people’s tears and encouraging them. The gift of sharing His love was worth more than any kitchen table or my favorite comfy couch.
God may not be asking you to sell all of your possessions, but at some point He may ask you to follow Him into the unknown. What He will ask of you may stretch you beyond your resources. When He asks, say yes. Your “yes” will prepare you for a later time when you will need greater faith to say yes. Then you’ll find fulfillment in doing His will, laying down your life, and knowing you are pleasing your Father.
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