This is part 2 of The Invitation series. Click here to read part 1 “Hearing God’s Invitation”
It is so important to be honest with the Lord. Jesus tells a story in Matthew 21:28-31 about answering the Lord honestly:
“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.”
Let’s not pretend that we can trick God. No one has the ability to fool him. When you say “yes” and don’t follow, he sees. I think the Lord would rather you say “no” to him. He can handle that. When you say no to God he will work on your heart until he brings you to the point where you want to say yes. This is what happened in the story above that Jesus told.
What does it mean to respond to God?
There are 3 aspects of responding to God’s invitation. We respond with by being, believing, and doing.
Being – Who you are is of central importance. Who you are is much more important than what you do. Our culture is a doing culture. It is much more difficult to be than to do. What’s one of the first questions we ask someone when we meet them? “What do you do?” What if we started asking, “Who are you?” That’s a much more difficult question to answer.
“Being” is the issue of character. When God invites you to join him, it is an invitation for your very person to be changed into who God wants you to be. This is a life-long process of formation into the likeness of Christ.
Believing – Every time God speaks it brings us to a point called a “faith crisis”. What will we choose? Will we choose faith and risk? Or will we choose to play it safe? The invitation of God is always, always an invitation to faith.
Doing – God’s call is never just for you. When God invites you to follow him, *in time* he will always send you out to minister in his kingdom.
As a final thought, look at these 3 aspects of responding to God’s invitation.
- Who do you need to be? What areas of your life are you holding back from God?
- Are you stepping out in faith to follow God? Or do you usually choose to play it safe?
- What is he calling you to do? Who is he calling you to minister to?