Shortly before I retired from the military, I ‘happened’ upon a racing organization in Canada. I had a deep sense the Lord wanted us to minister with this group yet had no contact with anyone within the group.
With no clue who to talk to, nor what it would be like to cross the border post 9-11, I made contact with one of the associations racers. I asked about the possibility of racing with the group. He thought it was a great idea and encouraged me to race with them during the coming year. Placing our trust in the Lord, we stepped out to race and hopefully minister in Canada.
We were pleasantly surprised at the ease of crossing the border and how warmly welcomed we were at the races. At the first event, we were asked to pray before the race and within 2 months had become their official ministry holding chapel services at all of their races.
Most thought it madness to drive from the southern US to Cayuga Ontario on the odd chance we might get the opportunity to minister to folks we don’t know. All I know is when I hear the Lord tell me to do something I must obey regardless of how crazy it may seem.
Over the years, we have watched the Lord touch many lives in Canada. Working with this group has been the most rewarding ministry work we’ve ever done. And to think, it all happened because of simple obedience to a call from the Lord.
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands” (2 John 6).
A distinguished Indian evangelist named Sadhu Chellappa was on a mission trip to a village north of Madras, when in the middle of the night he suddenly sensed God speaking to him: “Leave this house quickly and run away!”
Not exactly a convenient thing to do. But Chellappa was accustomed to accepting even strange instructions from the Lord without debate, so he dressed quickly and ran into the darkness.
After a while, he was in open country. As he passed beneath a large tree, he felt God tell him, “Stay here and start to preach!” Now, even for an experienced evangelist, this was puzzling–because there was no one to be seen. Why did God want him to preach to an empty field in the middle of the night? But he stopped under the tree and began to preach the gospel.
Finally, he reached the point at which he called on his unseen listeners to give their lives to Jesus. He was surprised to hear a voice from the top of the tree and see a man climb down, crying. The man tearfully gave his life to Jesus. When Chellappa asked why he was in a tree out in the middle of nowhere, the man admitted, “I came out here to hang myself.”
How is your obedience quotient? God calls us to be obedient to that small voice inside that can direct us to sometimes do strange things. Jesus was obedient in ALL things. “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous” (Rom 5:19). God can do exceedingly great things through one man or woman who is willing to be obedient to God’s voice. Ask for His grace today to be obedient to His voice.