Running from it will not Work
All ‘born again’ believers have a ministry that Jesus would have us perform for His name and His Church. If you are a ‘born again’ believer do you understand what your mission is? It took me a while after being ‘born again’ to say yes to Jesus that I would serve Him. Even then I was not sure exactly what that meant but based on scripture I did understand that He has a mission for all of us. So after much holding back I presented myself to His service as Romans 12:1 notes.
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.”
To help us understand that we cannot run from God’s service let’s look at one of scriptures examples of holding out. Jonah was given a ministry to perform but his desires and pride got in the way. You can run but you cannot hide from the Lord! Just ask Jonah.
Jonah 1:1-4 “The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me. BUT JONAH rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.
Jonah 1:17 “And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
It’s never too late to repent. Jonah waited until his trials forced him to.
Jonah 2:1 “Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish.
It’s never too late to surrender your life to serving God.
Jonah 2:9a “But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving…”
Jonah 3:3a “So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord.”
Isn’t it great how longsuffering and patient our God is????
Have a great day in the service of the King and don’t wait to be nudged or should I say swallowed………..