It is revival meeting time and the Spirit is moving mightily in your church. The evangelist asks if you would be willing to do whatever the Lord called you to do or go where He wanted you to go. You all say yes.
The Ladies Retreat you are at has a similar challenge. How many of you are willing to be used of the Lord in whatever way He has planned? You all raise your hands.
Then it’s time to go home.
A month later someone calls you up and asks if you would be willing to teach the Ladies Sunday School class. Or you get an email asking you to come speak at a conference. Or the principal asks if you’d be willing to teach the high school girls a class on modesty and decorum.
How about this one? You feel the Spirit prompting you to go talk to someone whom you may have offended or who may have offended you.
Is your hand still raised? Where is that whispered “yes”?
Excuses can flow like water once the rubber of the Gospel meets the road of real life. The excitement of the moment in revival meetings is over and we’re faced with a choice to accept or decline the calling God has sent our way.
We’ve all heard them:
- I simply could never do that
- I’m too private of a person to share like that
- that is not my spiritual gift
- Sister Gifted can do it much better than me – there is no way I could measure up to her
- I’m not smart enough
- the dog ate my notes! (ok, I just had to put that in here somewhere)