Friday, August 26, 2016

Sometimes all you have to do is just ask!

Matthew 7:7Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Sharon and I were shopping in Costco last Friday afternoon when Maggie from Father’s Heart Ministries texted us.  She asked us to invite Roger to her healing conference taking place that evening.   We hadn’t invited him to a service and up to this point in his new adventure of faith.  Bible studies in his office were the only spiritual thing developing.  I wasn’t sure, but I made “the ask” and to my surprise, the response was “I will try…what’s the dress code?”  So Roger showed up and sat in the front row beside me.  He was wearing a Canada belt buckle and was greeted by Maggie who had a Canadian flag wrapped around her waist.  She was bringing a message to inspire Christians to be mobilized, to be the hips and feet of Christ to serve our nation.  We sang the national anthem, then worship.  He clapped and leaned over to say, “that lady sings with conviction”!  Then later after the service went on…  he asked if there was going to be an intermission… lol  It went amazingly well and afterwards he was so impressed with Maggie’s message, he asked me where did she go to school to speak like that?  I responded that she didn’t and God gave her that ability. He still didn’t believe me.  So as we reflected on the whole Canada connection, he looked at me and said, “the Lord works in mysterious ways” to which I wholeheartedly agree!

In John Ortberg’s latest book, he shares about the fact that we must abandon a closed-door way of looking at God.  Closed door thinking may look like prudence or even common sense. 

Closed door thinking is David’s brothers telling him Goliath can’t be fought. It’s the Israelites telling Joshua and Caleb that their enemies are like giants and the Israelites are like grasshoppers, so they should return to Egypt and slavery.  It is the Rich Young Ruler deciding that discipleship would be nice, but it’s a little overpriced.  It’s me every time I choose hoarding over generosity or silence over speaking hard truth in love.”

I learned a long time ago to abandon common sense when it comes to following after God and I’ve never been disappointed by those decisions.  Common sense would tell me that Roger would never be interested in coming to an event like that.  He now is interested in Sharon and I meeting a rabbi who does a 12 step program based on the Bible…imagine that! We have been reading through Matthew together and even some Tim Keller on “The Reason For God”.  Our conversations and Bible study time are always animated and full of questions.  It’s been a great journey and looking forward to each new chapter.

Now, have said that it’s not easy to follow through.  Often we are not really sure what will happen when we make the big ask.  However, the truth when it comes to matters of faith, we may be turned down, but that’s ok, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading and absolutely don’t give up on people regardless.

Very rarely in the Bible does God come to someone and say, “Stay.” Almost never does God interrupt someone and ask them to remain in comfort, safety and familiarity.  He opens a door and calls them to come through it!

John Ortberg

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all

Hellen Keller 

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