Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8
When it comes to being asked to go on a road trip, to a concert or restaurant that is to my liking, I am the first to say, “I’ll go.” When the topic of discussion is dentist visits, heavy manual labor, or talking to strangers, there is a definite pause in my response. Obviously, I put myself first when considering my actions.
The Lord calls us to many different places and scenarios. Some are good and pleasing to us and some will take great effort on our part, or quite frankly, scare us. As long as we are sitting on the boat of “what does this mean for me,” we will not be walking on water with Jesus. We must refocus our mind and soul to God and our response to his call will be quick and confident.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for helping me grow in responding to your call. I trust you and know you have a bigger purpose than I could imagine. Amen
Faith Tip: Is the Lord knocking on the door of your heart to do something, but you haven’t answered yet? Sit at Jesus’ feet for awhile and focus only on him.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)
Some tasks are not as fun as other ones. Housecleaning can be a drag, but the result is having a nice clean house to live in. Planting a garden is a lot of work, but the result is lovely flowers or good things to eat from the garden. School work can be laborious at times, but the result is learning a lot of things to use later in life.
The Lord at times will ask us to do something that we may not consider a pleasure to do. We sometimes forget to look at the result of what we will accomplish. When Mary was told about becoming with child, this probably brought her some distress knowing that she was a virgin and pledged to be married. Her response to God is powerful. “I am the Lord’s servant” This young lady had it figured out to do what the Lord has asked. What was the result of her obedience? Jesus. Good results always come from the requests and commands of God.
Let us apply to our lives the same kind of surrender to God as Mary modeled. When asked by God to do something that may not seem easy or pleasurable, let our response be “I am the Lord’s servant,” and not forget the good results that will come from our obedience.
Prayer: Dear Lord, how often you have asked me to do something for you, and my response has not always been pleasing. Forgive me and create in me a new heart for you that will listen and obey.
Faith Tip: Listen for what God has for you to do for him today…respond with “I am the Lord’s servant.”