Monday, August 24, 2009

Be ready to be called on...

Jeremiah said. “The word of the Lord came to me, Hannamel son of Sallum your uncle is going to come to you and say, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth, because as the nearest relative it is your right and duty to buy it.’ Then, just as the Lord had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, ‘Buy the field at Anthoth in the territory of Benjamin. since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, but it for yourself.’ I knew that this was the word of the Lord; so I bought the field...” Jeremiah 32:6-9

Now I guess it was custom for a family member to offer the land to be purchased by another family member first before offering it to the public. Which is a thrifty thing to do. Keeping things all in the family. But that’s not the lesson here. The lesson that can be learned is that it is important to be able to hear God and follow through. To add on to that, you have to be ready. Here is the example that Jeremiah not only was listening to God, he had the resources to purchase this piece of land. It’s not like God had to perform a miracle to bring money to Jeremiah so that he can purchase it. But Jeremiah had the resources to begin with so that God was able to use it for His glory. Not only was Jeremiah obedient to the word of the Lord, he was able to do it because he was prepared for it.

Now really God does not need us to do anything, but for some wonderful reason, He loves to use us. Yet often I feel as if I am not as effective or as complete in my ministry as I would like to be. But what it could be is that the lesson lies here in Jeremiah. The lesson, is that you need to be ready to be used by God. It’s not just a matter of that He is going to give you a huge assignment, it is when is He going to place you in an assignment. In order for Him to place me in an assignment I need to be ready for it. To me that means to make my life as mission ready as possible. There are many ways to be mission ready. First of all, am I praying and studying His word enough. Second, am I at peace with all my brothers and sisters. Third, am I in the financial shape I need to be in. Fourth, am I in the physical shape I need to be in. Finally, five: Am I constantly learning new things or improving my skills daily. I love reading the Bible but the one thing I missed after reading it the first couple of times is that though there is many miracle stories and stories of great men of God doing great things, what I missed is that there is silence between the stories. Silence between the miracles and the stories are the times where the people prepared for the ministry. Look at Jesus, we hear of his birth, then at age 12, then we never hear what happens again to him till he was beginning his ministry at age 30. Do you think during that time he was just sitting doing nothing. I hardly doubt it. He must have been using these times as a time to prepare and get ready. So when God called he was ready. Now I have to learn this. I have to learn to use the slow times as a preparation for the future. I have to learn to use these times as a time to get ready for what God is about to bring. It all starts here and it all starts now.

Lord thank you for this particular devotion now, not sure what is coming up but I have this feeling you are telling me to get ready.

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