My Dad was 17 when he first felt the call of God to preach. He delayed that call. He went to the Air Force. He married, had a son, and served in the church. At 40 God awakened him to the reality that he was supposed to be doing something else. 23 years he had been doing good but not best. 23 years of ministry that God could have worked mighty deeds in and through but can never be regained.
The children of Israel listened to the surrounding voices instead of God’s. They lost 20 years of ministry that the temple could have offered not only to them but the surrounding nations and traders that passed through daily. Though they worshiped at the altar, it fell short of the total expression.
Friend, to which voice are you listening?
It’s like the story told of an Indian being baptized into Christ. It didn’t take long though for this Indian to fall away. The preacher went to see this Indian and he asked why he had not been faithful in his living. The Indian replied, “It’s like I have two dogs in me and they are constantly fighting each other. One dog is good and one dog is bad and the bad always wins.”
The preacher asked, “Why do you think the bad dog always wins?”
Thinking for while, He answered “I guess I feed him more”
We must feed the voice of God for us to experience victory.
In the last moments before Jesus went back to Heaven, he told the listeners they would be equipped to bear witness to the whole world about the good news. As they stood staring into the sky, the angels asked, “What are you waiting for?”
God is messaging you. What are you going to do?