|Posted by Tina kadolph on December 9, 2012 at 12:20 AM|
As I am reflecting on this study “Greater” it brings me back to the first time I felt God really speak into my life and turn my world upside down. Like Elisha, I was living my life in a regular routine. I was taking care of my kids, of course, and going to church when I wasn’t too tired to get out of bed, or allow some other activity to draw me away. Honestly, God and church hadn’t become a priority in my life.
The first time He really spoke to me was in 2000. I had taken a mission trip with my two daughters. To share complete honesty here, I didn’t really have a heart for missions. My husband and I would skip church the days we knew missionaries would be speaking. Another good reason to sleep in. Sad to say but true – God really does have a sense of humor doesn’t He?
Well, my two daughters were young and wanted to go with their youth group on a mission trip. It was a trip to Belize, and I knew I wouldn’t let them go out of the country without me, so I went along. That trip was a life changing moment for me. I knew God wanted to do something big in my life, and I knew it was going to be in missions. I also knew my husband would have to hear the same thing from God. That would be a miracle! He, like I said, wasn’t with us on the trip, and had no desire to be a part of missions. So I prayed “God, if this is really from you, you will put the same desire in my husbands heart." In early 2001 he went on his first mission trip to Honduras (first answer to my prayer) and we have been doing missions work together every since.
God answers prayers. It has been a crazy adventure, too long to write all the details in a short blog, but we have been many places in the world.
In 2002, we felt God directing us and we formed our own mission organization, “Love Missions,” and have been training teams and leading them around the world. How amazing is that? Now do you see why I feel God has a sense a humor? A family who thought they didn’t care about missions. A family that wasn’t very dedicated to God or church. And now their life is wrapped around missions! Don’t ever tell God what you do or don’t like. Ha ha.
The point here is that He can use anyone to do His will in this world. Even when you didn’t have a thought, let alone a desire to be a part of something. Like Steven Furtick says, you don’t have to be praying to have God grab you and use you to do something greater!
From this time on, not only did we take God seriously in our life (no more skipping church), besides starting a mission organization, my husband became a pastor. See what God can do with ordinary people just living an ordinary life, who are not really doing a whole lot for the Kingdom? Until God puts a cloak on your shoulders, as he did with Elisha, and pulls you out of the field to rock your world (1 Kings 19:19-21 - NIV), all we have to do is be willing.
We must burn our plows (the past), and move forward down the path God has planned for us. When I reference burning our plows, Elisha is our example. Elisha burned his plows and slaughtered his oxen so he couldn’t go back to his old life. When things got tough, he couldn’t run back, because there was nothing there to go back to. He had to keep moving forward in the direction God had for him. He burned his past and only had the unknown future with God. He had to walk in faith. That is hard for us. But we have to let go of the past in order to move on to the “greater” God has for us. We have to realize this life is not about what we want, but is about what God wants.
I finally came to the conclusion that life wasn’t about me – wow, big awakening – and realized we are on this earth to serve others and try to bless and make others lives better. I had lived in a self centered, self absorbed, depressed life. I can’t even say it was a life that was “good enough." God has called each of us to help others, love others as He loved us. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10
So then God looked at me and said I have a “greater” life for you. Are you willing? And like Elisha, I ran after God and have been running full blast every since. I’ve burned some plows, but I know he still has a few more he wants me to burn. I’m ready for the next “greater” he has for me.
There is more to the story – this is only the beginning. God now has called me into something even greater, again. If I’m willing. And even as it seems too great for me, and even though I’m not worthy of this call, and it is scary to step out in faith. He again, wants “greater” for me. So I am choosing to burn the past and move forward into God’s greater.
I thank P31 ministry for this study and opportunity to share my “greater” life.
I can’t wait to share the next big “greater”.