There seems to be a lot of “divine tensions” when living a radical Kingdom life.
- Lose your life to find it.
- Walking in spirit and truth; righteousness and grace.
- Being weak and powerful at the same time.
I struggle living in these tensions fairly often.
The one that is rocking my boat right now is whether to wait for God to tell me what to do next or just taking a step and seeing what happens.
I often hear dreamers say, “I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I’m waiting on the Lord to show me.”
But sometimes that just a cop out for not doing anything. We play the, “waiting on the Lord” card just so we don’t have to make a commitment to something other than complacency.
On the other hand, I see dreamers just going for it and expecting God to show up. That’s great except when we do it so we can have it our own way. We can leave God behind and steer our boats where we want to go.
I’ve seen both. I’ve done both.
There is a tension between the two seemingly opposing sides. Yet there is a rhythm between them.
We seek the Lord in all we do. We ask for specific guidance and direction. We listen carefully.
We diligently do the things we know we need done every single day.
If you aren’t sure what to do, try something and see what happens. If you have a passion for discipleship, go and disciple someone. If you have a heart for healing, go and ask God to heal someone. If you want to help the broken and the lost, go volunteer somewhere who ministers to the lost. Reach out to your neighbor, your friends, your family. DO something and trust that God is all about the Kingdom.
GET THE BICYCLE ROLLING and TRUST GOD TO STEER IT.
Then don’t give up. Keep going. Keep trying. Keep pressing on.
Too many times we try something and then bail at the first signs of resistance. There will always be resistance when you are doing stuff for the Kingdom.
If God is silent, then there is one of two things happening;
- Either he’s told you to do something and you haven’t done it.
- He wants you to wait.
Knowing if he’s saying “stay” or “go” really is only a matter of practice. You keep trying and somehow God keeps perfecting us.
So if you are supposed to be going and your not, God will move you.
If you going when he wants you to stay, God will stop you.
Don’t worry that God is going to abandon you to ambiguity and uncertainty. That isn’t his style.
He will move you along at just the right speed. He will guide you in just the right way. As long as you’re willing to get out of the boat.
Here’s the bottom line to live in the tension between staying or going:
Keep your ears and eyes wide open
all the while you’re working your tail off.
God will bless even your meager and pitiful attempts as long as you’re doing it with a sincere heart.
SO….what’s God saying to you right now?
“When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” John 10:4