“The lazy man says, ‘There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the street!'” Pr. 26:13
I don’t really think we’re all lazy, but certainly we can make situations look larger than life quite often. We have fear. We have unbelief in the face of uncertainty. We forget that is truly God that takes care of us.
I had the privilege to spend time this past weekend with some full-time missionaries from 3 different countries. You know what I noticed? They’re just ordinary people.
One lady simply saw a need and God touched her so strongly that she obeyed. She could have been too afraid, and done nothing, but she knew it was up to her to do something.
Do you think she had all the answers? Definitely not. Did she have a full understanding of the depths of time, money, and commitment that would be needed to do the work? Absolutely not!
The task she undertook could rightly be called monumental. She absolutely did not have the resources to do it, nor did she understand how drastically her life would change as a result of deciding to do something about this need.
Mark 5:36 stands out in my mind, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
She didn’t enter that situation as a seasoned, full-time missionary. She did not have the answers. She did not have the resources. She likely did not even have the time. Yet, she chose to obey the touch of the Lord on her heart; and to believe in the One who supplies our every need.
Can’t we all do the same? It terrifies me to imagine myself running an orphanage, and being the sole guardian for 57 kids at a time. I would doubt my ability to care for a community that was counting on me to be their source of food. I would feel afraid to go into a tribal village, facing people who practice religions of rage and violence.
However, we aren’t the ones who have to have the resources, answers, and abilities. God provides those things. God simply needs us to obey, and to do His work, believing that He will provide what we need.
Most of us won’t be facing those situations that I just described. However, speaking to our co-worker about the Lord can feel just as scary. Sharing God’s love to the cashier who looks like she’s just about to give up, can leave us doubting our abilities.
Perhaps, the Lord asks us to volunteer at a soup kitchen, or build a house for someone in need. Guess what? He will equip us.
We are all called to simply obey God’s will in our lives. We don’t have to be a full-time missionary to do His work. We are all just ordinary people, children of God, who long to be His hands and feet in our world.
If we obey His call, He will equip us for every good work.