Running Away from the Call

Through reading the Bible, I’ve noticed that sometimes, God will give you an assignment that you don’t necessarily want to carry out, but because he is Lord, and because you love him and want to please him, you must obey him and do it anyways.

For example, Moses was assigned to bring Israel out of Egypt, but he didn’t want to do it because of fear and other inadequacies he had. Moses came up with every excuse under the sun not to fulfill the assignment, and he was even bold enough to tell God to pick someone else to carry out the assignment.

Jonah was assigned to preach against the great city Nineveh because of their sins, but he didn’t want to do it, because he knew that if he preached judgment against Nineveh, they would repent and God would forgive them. But Jonah didn’t want God to forgive them, he wanted God to punish them. So instead of doing what God called him to do, Jonah attempted to run away from God and from his assignment.

Apostle Paul was assigned to preach the gospel and convert unbelievers into Christians, but that’s not something he would have initially done, because he didn’t even believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, he persecuted the Church, and had many believers either killed or thrown in jail.

Even Jesus was assigned to die for the sins of the world, but he battled with fulfilling his assignment when he was in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was so overwhelmed with his assignment that he prayed to the Father three times to take the assignment away from him. But then he had to remind himself that it wasn’t about his will, but about the will of the Father.

God may call you to do something that you don’t want to do. God may give you one ministry when you were hoping, praying and expecting for him to give you a completely different ministry. But our lives are not our own. We don’t tell God what we want to do for him. He tells us what he wants us to do for him.

And if the task God gives us seems unbearable or difficult because of our weaknesses, I also see in Scripture where God will sometimes send someone to help us fulfill the assignment. Because Moses was not elegant in speech, God sent Aaron to be his mouthpiece when he went to talk to Pharaoh. When Jesus had to carry his cross to Golgotha, it was too heavy for him, but a man named Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus carry the cross to Calvary, and etc. God gives the assignment, and God gives the provision and help to carry it out.

Questions. Comments. Concerns.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s