5/13/05

Saying “Yes”

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2: 10

What do Billy Graham, Cheryl K, Zachariah and Elizabeth have in common? They are people were chosen by God to do great things, who said, “Yes” when He called.

The first person is a mighty evangelist; many will enter the kingdom of Heaven because of his witness. The second is my mother, a woman called to raise nine children and make a difference in a few lives, but whose influence will continue through many generations. The third and fourth names are the parents of John the Baptist, a man chosen before birth to proclaim Jesus’ arrival. These four, although each having a different call from God, answered willingly.

God has wonderful things prepared for all of us, but first, we must say, “Yes” to His call. This is a difficult step, so we need to hold onto the fact God has a great reward for us if we persevere.

This reward won’t necessarily be thousands walking to your podium to be led in the Sinner’s Prayer, or nine missionaries with your genes. The reward for saying “yes” to God’s call will be a great moment in the halls of Heaven when God says, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25: 21)

Sometimes it is only through history’s eyes that we will see the lasting impact of our God-dedicated actions. Billy, Cheryl, Zechariah and Elizabeth had no idea how God was going to work through them, but they answered His call, and walked by faith, not by sight. (2 Cor. 5: 7)

Are you willing to be used by God?

What might you have to sacrifice in order to be obedient to God’s call?

Is God calling you to make a leap of faith?

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