This weekend I was fortunate to spend some time at a church that I have taken a liking to for a few years now. Pastor Yonker gave a sermon titled, “GO-bedience,” and I wanted to share the sermon [CLICK HERE] and debrief about it a little bit.
People of God are people on the move. From Genesis to Revelation. They are meant to be active they are to go where they are sent! Maybe God isn’t calling us to a place or person but maybe to a new attitude or behavior? Or is he calling you to go away from things. We are all called in different ways.
When we listen and act upon the call of God right away we are GO-bedient. When we listen and take a while to act upon the calling of God we are SLOW-bedient. And lastly, NO-bedient, which is not acting on a calling.
I think a lot of us are like Jonah, myself included. Jonah was told to go and tell the people of Nineveh to repent, but he didn’t want to go and this resulted in a “time-out” from God in a large fishes stomach for a few days. He had a wake up call from God. He was being no-bedient and then slow-bedient, just like us at some point in our lives, right? We want to follow God’s calling… but only if it is conveinent and easy…
Movements Jesus made on our behalf: (1) From life to death. For our sins. (2) Rose from the grave leaving hell. (3) Earth to heaven. (4) He’s in heaven praying for us. (5) Preparing a room for us. (6) … and finally He will come again and bring us home.
How will we respond to this wonderful movement God does for us? We are all being called in different ways, but again, how will we respond. I can assure you I haven’t always been go-bedient, but I am reminded with this sermon to actively move on his callings.
- Genesis 12:1-6 “God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you. I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram left just as God said, and Lot left with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot with him, along with all the possessions and people they had gotten in Haran, and set out for the land of Canaan and arrived safe and sound. Abram passed through the country as far as Shechem and the Oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites occupied the land.”
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