God-sized Calling

Joshua worked so hard on his backpack.  We were getting ready for a trip to see the cousins and Joshua made sure that he packed enough toys for the week (month).  

Then he came face to face with the cousins.

Joshua’s backpack rests in the back of the Jeep – unopened – forgotten – unnecessary.

Cousins trump toys.

Have you ever worked for something only to find that God has a bigger calling for you?
Would you let go of the things you think are amazing so Jesus can do something God-sized with you?

Jesus is walking by the Sea of Galilee when He comes across two brothers: James and John.
These brothers are preparing their nets. This is what fishermen do to prepare for the next day of fishing, however…
Jesus has something God-sized for them.

Matthew chapter 4, verses 21 and 22 says, “…They were mending their nets; and Jesus called them.  Immediately they left the boat…”

Nets unneeded.

I have often wondered about those nets. They sit in the boat – unopened – forgotten – unnecessary.

Calling trumps old life.

Calling trumps everything.

God is going to call to you today.  Please hear.

He will call you to a new life and, if you are anything like I used to be, you will want to hold on to your old life.
You think your toys will satisfy, but that’s just because you have not yet come face to face with the God-sized plan.  I pray you trust God enough to leave the toys in the backpack.

He will call you to adventure, danger, drama, passion, uncomfortable and unimaginable life.

Leave the nets!

“Jesus call.  Amen.”

Faith in Famine

You have to go through the desert to get to the mountains of Colorado.

Genesis 12 is the true story of Abram as he walks toward the promised land.  God tells him to go “to the land which I will show you”.   (Verse 1)

That’s faith.

“You start going and I will tell you where you are going when you get there.”  I long for that faith in my life.

Instead, I need to know where, and what direction, and how fast…

My faith feels small and ineffective when I look at all of the things I need to happen before I can believe Christ.

Then Abram meets an obstacle.  Verse 10:  “Now there was a famine in the land…”

As far as I can tell, God is calling Abram into the promised land VIA famine.

Am I willing to walk through the famine on my way to the promise?

So often, we stop traveling when we reach the famine.
   “This marriage is too difficult…”
   “My job is not satisfying any more…”
   “There is so much wear and tear in this…”
   “I am scared.” “I am tired.” “I am sore.”

I feel sorry for people like me; people that give up on the dream too soon because the famine is so dry.

Let me descibe to you the kind of faith I want to have:  I want to be a man that stands in the middle of the famine and realizes that I am at the gates of the promise.

That is the faith that is required to live as a man of God on this planet.

What famine is in front of you?  Are you frightened?  Will you turn around or keep going?

The famine is just one page in the journal once you arrive at the promise.

Jesus, call me into Your promise through the famine – I want faith!

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