Doing what God asks us to do

Yesterday at St Bs I quoted 2 Kings 6:1-2: The company of the prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet." And he said, "Go." Of course it is dangerous to quote scripture out of context (which this was), but I was struck by the imperative of Elisha's command "Go".

In his sermon about Abram, Mike Pavlou, with his typical forthright manner, said "if God tells you to do something, do it" and "disobeying God's command will always have negative consequences". In Elliott's sermon in the evening we heard Caleb exhorting the Israelites 'We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.'(Numbers 13:30). Elliott powerfully conveyed the implications of disobedience for the generation of 12 spies, after they turned away from the call of God and were led back into the wilderness.

I believe that God has told us to go and grow. Things God asks us to do are rarely easy. In this case we will have to give up the security of what we have known. We will have to let go of a much-loved old building. We will have to set off, like Abram, to a new location without being able to envisage fully the implications of the move. We will have to look to God in faith like Caleb, rather than focussing on the massive obstacles. And we will have our commitment both to the Lord and the project tested to the extreme, as we dig deep into our own pockets to fund the move. It would be much easier to stay.

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