Several years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting a moderate sized church in Phoenix, AZ. Sadly, I don’t recall the name; except they were located near North Phoenix Baptist Church. At the time, I was struggling with God’s calling on my life. One day, I talked with a pastor of this church and shared my struggles. The gentleman gave a remarkable advice.
What did he say? Don’t waste your time looking for a ‘Burning Bush’ experience.” This is not an atheist that I spoke to; rather, it is a brother in Christ. The pastor is quite right. I needed to let go of my fears and step out in faith. What exactly did the young man mean?
In preparation for this blog post, I discovered a remarkable find. Believe it or not, this is an actual species of shrubs called a Euonymus alata or “Burning Bush”. According to David Beaulieu of The Spruce web site, these shrubs are native to Asia. If you’d like to know more about this plant then you can go here and read about this beautiful and poisonous plant.
It stands in sharp contrast to the “Burning Bush” that Moses investigated and discovered God’s calling. From what I’ve read, the above shrub is commonly found in Asia and is considered alien to the United States. Yet, there were very few such bushes found in the Old Testament. One literal bush and a couple of allegorical ones.
From my readings of the Bible, it is clear that few people are given a full revelation of God’s Will for their life. Moses is certainly one such individual and he was ready to bolt and run. Considering the circumstances, I am not surprised. You can read about it in Exodus 4:10-13:
10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
Did you read the last verse? It can be a very scary proposition to have such a divine revelation or calling. The prospect of confronting Pharoah in his court and leading the nation of Israel out of Egypt is most certainly a daunting task.
Yet, Moses needed to do the same thing that God is asking us. Not everyone is given a complete revelation of God’s calling on their lives. However, we do have something in common with Moses. We’re to step out in faith and trust God.
I, for one, am glad that God did not reveal everything to me. Yes, I was given a vision of my calling to write; however, it came after I took the initial step of faith. What step of faith?
Before the vision, I had taken my first step by writing for an online computer magazine. As I pursued a career as a tech writer, a curious vision came to mind. Jesus was showing me, a picture of what I being called to do. I was to write for the Kingdom; however, I did not know how to go about it.
Before I continue, there is something that you should notice. Did you see the order of operation? When did the vision come? Is it before I started writing for OS/2 Ezine? No, it came after I started writing. Did I make a mistake in writing for the computer field?
I am glad for the experiences; as it proved useful in the long run. It gave me, an opportunity to learn about my strengths and weaknesses. Plus, God used it to instill a measure of confidence and opened the door for learning new skills. If I had started writing for Christian related sites then I’d have felt very intimidated by the flood of titles and seminary degrees.
That is right. I am not a seminary graduate or a pastor of a large church. However, Jesus has given me a hunger for His Word and a strong desire to share. Thanks to my tech background, it did not take long to learn web design or about blogging. As I step forward into my writing ministry, Jesus is faithful in guiding me in the right direction.
If you read through Exodus and Leviticus then you’ll discover that Moses did make mistakes. What a shocker! NOT! Guess what? I’ve made my own share of mistakes, yet God is faithful to guide me back to the right path. It is also possible that God will use my mistakes, for His Glory.
Though I like the idea of sharing my experiences in how God has directed my writing ministry; there is one problem. You are the ones that need to step out in faith. You are the one that needs to take a risk and see God’s faithfulness. How do you know, if it’s God?
For one, God’s Spirit will never contradict the clear teachings of Scriptures. Here is a good illustration. The Holy Spirit may prompt you to go to a bar & grill. It’s a good probabilit that God isn’t telling you to get drunk. Rather, it may well be that you need to help someone. Bars are great places to find hurting people.
Shouldn’t I follow my passion? What if, I have a passion for God’s Word, video game and I’ve a YouTube channel? Have you ever heard of a gentleman named Kurt of Farland or Bust? This guy raises money for a charity called “Child’s Play“. Kurt raises money by playing a video game called Minecraft. Kurt’s video consists of walking in a straight line and talking with the viewers.
Do you see where I’m going? Like Kurt, you simply have to step out in faith and walk. While walking, you could perhaps share your own insights into Scriptures or provide anecdotes. Obviously, you will need to be rooted in God’s Word and learn to be creative.
By the way, Kurt did not know that his video series would be so popular. Because Kurt stepped out and took a risk; he has raised over $70,000 for the Child’s Play charity. What do you suppose God can do through you, if you’re willing?
How do you begin? It starts with prayer and a willingness to follow Jesus. Talk with God about your dreams and passion. See what Jesus is saying to you. Be honest about your fears and anxiety; however, you need to resolve to trust God.
To help you on the way, here is a pearl of wisdom from Proverbs 16:3
3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.