Today, I am privileged to have Will Montgomery as my guest. I am hooked on Will's stuff. Pick up a copy of his new book, The Polar Bear. (It's on Amazon too.) I just finished it. Will makes exhortation hip and cool but he doesn't shy away from calling us out for our half-hearted Christianity. You'll want to check out his website http://www.writerwill.com/. He's on Facebook and Twitter too.
Recently, I sat down for a visit with my high school principal and reveled in the fact that I wasn’t there for any number of the reasons that I used to “visit” with him years before. We joked about this different circumstance and proceeded to catch each other up on our ministries and lives. After discussing my impending missions trip to Portugal, he informed me that his newly married daughter and son-in-law had taken a position in Brooklyn, New York, to assist in building a church. He explained that after their nuptials, both of them had job offers in our hometown, but decided that they would step out on faith (translation: jump off a proverbial cliff) and take advantage of an opportunity that God had presented to them through a college chum. With no jobs and no place to live, they packed up their car with every belonging they owned and drove to the Big Apple. His daughter found a job immediately and the church membership went from thirty to thirty-two in one fell swoop.
“Amazing,” I commented, while shaking my head. I remember being petrified to give my life to the Lord when I was little, in fear that He would immediately call me to the mission field to live in a hut with a bunch of hungry Africans. But God doesn’t work like that, and it’s high time we understand this concept. Here was this kid (well, I remember her as a kid) who got married and jumped in a car with her kid husband and headed north; with love as their fuel, God as their GPS, and uncertainty as their future. And this type of behavior is exactly what God most often times requires of us. Sitting there in that moment, I envied the faith that these two were exhibiting. You see, faith is the action of belief. I most certainly can declare my allegiance to God till I’m blue in the face, but faith without works is dead. I understand that moving to New York to assist a church plant isn’t for everyone, but the reckless abandonment of the simple life that’s not centered around Christ is.
Remember, rarely are the doors God presents to us made of glass.
You think about that…