Dear church,

Is God calling you to do something today? If so, don’t wait. Just go and do the thing you know God has asked. And do it in faithful expectation of the very best of God’s blessings. 

The problem of the Israelites was their faithless delay. First, they sent the spies. There really was no need to send spies. The people already knew the promises of God. And then they recoiled in fear at the report of the spies. 

Only after their disobedience did they turn and try to do the thing God had called them to do. And then, it was too late.

Sometimes, we think too much. We know what God is desiring of us – to forgive that person, or to make that phone call, or to go forward with baptism. Our conscience prods us toward these things. 

But then we wonder. “Is this prudent? Does this make sense the way I think it should make sense?” And by the time we go about doing the thing to which we’ve been called, the opportunity is lost. 

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). The calling may be to clean up some part of our lives, where we have been walking in darkness instead of light. Perhaps we have a besetting sin that we cannot seem to shake, even though the Holy Spirit is speaking to us constantly about the issue. Obey now. At least make a start toward obedience. Do something today to cut that sin from your life.

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time” (Colossians 4:5-6). Sometimes God’s calling is to advance the gospel outside the confines of our private lives. We may need to say something that is “seasoned with salt.” And God may be asking us to do it in the moment. Just go on and say it. 

And expect God’s best as you do.


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