The Voice of God is an Invitation – Be You

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I don’t dive into the world of kids very willingly. They’re loud, stare at your food, and sneeze in your face. (A kid sneezed in my face just last week!) But as I continue on the adventure God has for me, it makes perfect sense that I’ve been on-boarded to serve in the students and kids ministry. Ten years ago, I would’ve said “no” and left it at that, but saying “no” tends to backfire when my argument only focuses on my wants and needs.

Not only have I served in both ministries over the past four weeks, but I also led the fifth and sixth-grade boys’ small group discussion once. On my first day serving in elementary, I turned and saw my nephew, who I hadn’t seen in over two years. A few minutes later, I saw his brother and sister. Saying “yes” to an invitation to serve sparked a conversation that I had prayed about quite a few times.

What would have happened if I hadn’t served in that capacity? Chances are, I would’ve missed out on something wonderful. My ears and eyes wouldn’t have experienced God’s voice at church of all places.

Genesis 28:16
“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!”

I can’t count the times when I didn’t realize God was in the mix. He invited me to participate, but I was reluctant to go because I wasn’t taking the time to hear. What if Ananias (Acts 9:10-12) said “no” when God asked him to go to Saul? He would’ve missed out on becoming a pivotal part of Saul’s story. However, his faith and willingness assured him that he heard God’s invitation loud and clear.

It’s difficult to hear and discern when noise is everywhere. The Bible points out whispering spots where people would go to talk and listen to God. They’re quiet places to meditate on scripture. It’s easy to get involved in an entire conversation with God by asking questions, discussing your feelings, and gathering God’s truth.

Whispering spots allow me to hear God’s voice “in the hush of a midnight hour, or when I’m alone in my room, and I’m going under.” They offer me a better chance at hearing God’s invitation for me, and for me to help others.

Can you recall a time when you said “no” to God? How did it make you feel after some time had passed? What is preventing you from saying “yes”?

Next Steps:
Take the time to pray about the invitations you receive.  Find yourself a whispering spot that brings you closer to hearing God.  Study the Bible to gain a better understanding of scripture.

Dear God, I hope to give a slow yes instead of a fast no when an invitation has the makings of spiritual goodness. Allow me to hear your voice, and not my own or others, so that I can find the necessary truth to fully understand your invitation. Amen.

This post was written by Jaron Camp. Jaron is a storyteller and a professional ghostwriter who enjoys using his gifts to write for the LivingItOut. When he’s not developing fictional worlds, researching, and writing, Jaron enjoys watching sports, participating in family game night, and spending time with his wife and four kids.

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