Yesterday I did something I’ve never done in my life. I resigned Calvary Assembly WITHOUT knowing the next step in my personal life’s journey and ministry. How do I feel? GREAT!
God exposed me to Mark Batterson’s book The Circle Maker for such a time as this. No other book (other than the Bible) could have been right for me to read and walk my way to Easter with than his. Honi and I have become good friends over the last days and I plan to keep him a lifelong one.
There is one very real lesson I’ve learned in my journey to this point in being willing to leave what I know to be a secure and loving place.
There will come a day when God requires the same amount of
faith as Abraham demonstrated when he left his home and family in obedience to God’s direction.
The author of Hebrews writes of Abraham; “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Heb. 11:8). Today my name has been changed to George Abraham Dillard Cope! And there will be a day when your name will be changed too. You will either be Abraham or Sarah!
Let me quote Mark’s words for you:
“You’ll never be ready to get married. You’ll never be ready to have kids. You’ll never be ready to start a business or go back to school or move to the mission field. You’ll never be ready financially, emotionally, or spiritually. You’ll never have enough faith, enough cash, or enough courage. And if you are looking for an excuse, you will always find one.
Abraham didn’t know the final destination, but it didn’t keep him from taking the first step in the journey. What’s the first step or next step you need to take in your journey? If you take the first step, God will reveal the second step. The problem is that most of us want the twenty-five year plan before we’re willing to step out in faith.
Without knowing where he was going, Abraham took the first step. And God honored it. There are moments in life when you need to quit a job, make a move, or end a dating relationship. And you need to take that step without knowing what the next step will be. Don’t wait for more revelation; be obedient to the amount of revelation God has given you.”
I’ll close with Jesus’ words; “Go and do likewise.”
I’ll meet you at the throne,