I am facing some pretty daunting decisions in my personal walk with the Lord. It’s a time of transition from where I was into what Abba has for me.
So many questions run through my mind. Should I do this? Should I do that? How will Abba accomplish this? What’s my first step? Am I hearing correctly?
I am sure everyone who has felt the Spirit’s prompting of a new season coming has wrestled with these same questions. It’s hard to know something is coming, but not know exactly what Jesus has planned for us. We’re human. We like to have things figured out. We have our plans and we want to work those plans.
Holy Spirit moves a little differently. He expects us to move with Him as He moves and He doesn’t tell us the plan from A to Z. Maybe He thinks we will get ahead of Him and mess it up. I don’t know. I just know this is how he does it.
The other night as I was listening during my time with Jesus, I heard the following words. “Be a disciple first.” I immediately knew what the Lord was saying.
I had been so focused on what I would be. How I would describe myself. If God was leading me to travel and speak of the beauty of Jesus, would I present myself as an evangelist, a teacher, or a prophet?
If I took another role on a church staff somewhere, what would my title be? What was Abba calling me to be? How would I get my family to the right place? Would we need to move? The questions went on and on in my heart. His answer was simple. Let that go and focus right now on being a disciple.
Here is my point. A disciple listens. He enters prayer in a position of ears open. He is not concerned about titles. He is concerned about hearing the Spirit and doing what the Spirit leads him to do in that moment.
Disciples trust Holy Spirit to lead them in the moment and they trust Him to map out their future. Disciples have shed all personal goals to be the one who presents the beauty of Jesus to a few or to a thousand; however the Lord leads.
It’s a simple life, but it is a life full of purpose and power. One I haven’t quite mastered yet, but I am listening and learning from the One who knows all.
I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t have to. The future is in the very capable hands of Jesus. I just simply have to listen and trust the One who holds my future in the palms of His hands.
Pastor Shane Creech