This is our last day in Tennessee so we will be heading to Lake Charles Monday evening. The Lord has spoken so clearly to me about the transition and where we are headed as a ministry.
We attended church this morning and they asked if I would take 15 or 20 minutes to share what God has done. Can you imagine “me” speaking for 20 minutes on Casa?
Saul worked so hard to show God he cared but his disobedience was similar to many church folks who think that it is what they DO that is important to God. We do not choose our own work for God. Saul was no priest yet he acted as though he was.
It is here in Saul’s life that we first hear “obedience is better than sacrifice”. You and I do not just live our lives in disobedience to God. We know better but we do camouflage our actions. I am referring to knowing the will of God and only partially obeying Him.
It was disobedience that caused most of the Israelites to die in the desert. God had told them in Deuteronomy 28 that if they obeyed they would be blessed and if they disobeyed they would be cursed.
Saul thought that he could choose his own way to worship God. But if God calls you to a ministry then obey. If you are called to be a deacon do not think you are called to be the pastor. If you are called to sing then sing and do not sit. Whatever He has talented you with you need to obey. It is not about the praise of men but the satisfaction of the Lord.
Jesus said, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word” (John 14: 23); he will do God’s will. There are times I struggle with heaviness and depression and I remember a simpler time where I pastored a church of 50 or in Guatemala when it was just Dottie and I with 60 kids.
But I know that the only true difference I can make is to obey His call on my life. It is not always easy but it is always necessary.