You know the call, you are hearing God, now what? You have to put feet to faith and follow what God is revealing to you.
I’ll never forget the moment I received my call to the ministry. In a time of worship, I had a stirring in my heart. I recognized this as the Holy Spirit moving in me. As I prayed I was reminded of Isaiah’s calling, so I answered with the same words, “Here I am Lord, send me.” At that moment I didn’t know where God was sending me, but in the decades since I’ve been faithful to follow and God has taken me to places and people I could have never imagined in that moment.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you there have been seasons of fear, uncertainty, and discouragement. But, each have been met by releases of greater wisdom and expansion as I have purposed my heart toward following Him no matter what. And, obeying every instruction received to the best of my ability.
I remember a time when I was in the process of establishing a new ministry structure, when I heard that still small voice in my heart ask me another question. It was one of those times of fear and uncertainty. It was also a season when others questioned what I was doing too. I was sure God meant to call someone other than me.
Everyday I would point to other people who would do a better job than me. He or she was more experienced, more eloquent, more anointed I perceived. God was not moved by my instability, He continued emphatically to ask me, “Have you considered My servant Gideon?”
Well, I hadn’t but boy did I get a reality check when I did! Let me refresh your memory or share something you may not have considered. When God called Gideon, he couldn’t believe it. His answer to God was, and I’m paraphrasing, “Are you kidding me? I’m the least among my people and the weakest!”
As Gideon went on and on about why God had the wrong man, God never changed His mind. Gideon was God’s man, chosen long before that moment to defeat God’s enemies. So Gideon decides to test God’s word to make sure he really heard Him. Sure enough those tests proved God was speaking. Now Gideon had to fulfill the call by following God.
As instructions came, Gideon followed and did what God told him to do. God was assembling an army, but each time Gideon presented the men, God whittled down them down, so much so that NO ONE and I mean not ONE PERSON would believe this uber tiny group of ordinary men could have any impact against the multitudes of warriors (“like a swarm of locusts” they were) that were readied to destroy God’s people.
It was laughable in the natural, just like the boy David going out against Goliath.
So God tells Gideon, “Get up and go down to the enemy’s camp because I’ve given you victory over them.” I love that God even gives Gideon the encouragement he needs to follow what he is being told. God says, “If you are afraid, take your servant and go to the edge of the camp and listen to what is being said.” I love this! God knows our weaknesses. He doesn’t set us aside as damaged goods. He helps us along if we will follow His instructions. Gideon goes and here’s a conversation where two warriors are talking about a dream and it’s interpretation which means Gideon will destroy them. Can you imagine the courage and faith this gave to Gideon to follow God?
Needless to say the victory was glorious!
One of my favorite verses in all the Bible comes from the account of Gideon’s call and obedience. As the “sons of the east” gathered against God’s people, the Scripture says, “The Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon.” Older translations say it this way, “God clothed Himself with Gideon!” WOW! Just thinking of this again and the power that came upon Gideon to accomplish “The Call,” to do all and be all Gideon was created to do and be encourages my heart to follow.
Leader, this is what God is doing and will continue to do for you!
Long story short, God chooses the foolish to challenge the wise; the weak to defeat the strong; the meek to confront the pride-filled, high-minded. Let’s look at a few most unlikely candidates for ministry in the Scripture. Noah was a drunk, Abraham was old, Moses stuttered, Rahab was a prostitute; David the adulterer/murderer; Matthew a tax collector; and Saul who persecuted Christians to name just a few.
Here’s the one thing they all had in common, they heard and they followed. Even though they had issues they kept following. When they went the wrong way, they turned around and got back in step with God. They had a heart to follow.
Don’t say you don’t understand, you’re not suppose to. In fact you should never lien on your own understanding. Don’t say you are not experienced, you never will be, but you’ve been given all things that pertain to life and godliness. You only need to tap into the Holy One who lives on the inside of you. He knows all things and will reveal them to you when you need to know them.
You too are clothed with God. Colossians 3:3, “You are hidden with Christ in God…” He is your wrap-around protection, teacher, leader, guide. The Spirit of the Lord is not just upon you, He is IN YOU!
So whatever it is that you know God is telling you to do. You know the call, you hear Him, now follow. Step out and do what you believe you are created to do.
All of the power of God is backing you up, He will encourage you when you are afraid, strengthen you when you are weak, and give you the answers you need.
Now… GO and TELL! Or in His words to Gideon… “Get up and GO!
You can read the entire account of Gideon in Judges 6 & 7.