How can we get involved in ministry to others when we can't make sense of all the Lord is doing in our circumstances? We don't have complete clarity and so we avoid following through on the promptings of the Lord; to reach out to those God has put in our way; to be involved in our local church; to commit to the necessary change of some habit; to step out in faith and follow the Lord no matter the cost.
Yet God has chosen to use fallen, fallible human beings to accomplish his divine will. We are "jars of clay" formed by God "to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us" (2 Cor. 4:7). We can't wait for everything to make sense before we allow God to work through us, even in spite of us, to advance the gospel and build His church.
An article I came across recently expresses concisely this very struggle. Alece Ronzino spent almost 20 years in Africa, and when it comes to following without fully knowing, I think she gets it! While I don't know her personally the excerpt below from her writing was a helpful challenge to me and I trust will be to you also.
I think it might be time for me to take another backpacking trip! I find it to be an excellent catalyst for reflecting on what the Lord is doing in my life. And (whether you go backpacking or not) may we all yield our desire for control to the Lord and commit to let Him decide whatever or however He would stretch us for His glory in the coming year.
Before we pull the trigger, we first want answers to all our questions. We want a complete road map. We want to read the fine print before we sign our lives away. We want confident periods not uncertain question marks. We want to fully know what we’re getting ourselves into. We want surety before we take a step. And until we get it, we wait…"
But it’s a myth that knowing more would make it easier to say yes. It’s a lie we tell ourselves so that we feel better about doing nothing...
Details paralyze more than uncertainty does. If we wait until we have it all spelled out, that’s no longer faith-driven commitment — that’s just executing a plan."
in its truest form, demands ambiguity... Commitment precedes clarity every
The courage lies in doing it afraid!"
- Alece Ronzino
You can find the full article on her blog at: http://www.alifeoverseas.com/stop-waiting-for-it-all-to-make-sense/