Reading: Acts 16: 9-12
When was the last time you felt God calling you to do something or when you felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit? Depending on how in tune we are to our relationship with God, the guidance and nudges and whispers can come frequently. These connections are like everything else in our lives: the more we try and allow ourselves to hear and sense God, the better we become at sensing and hearing His presence and guidance in our lives.
In the text today, Paul has a vision calling him to a new place of ministry. He had been struggling with where to go next so this vision would have been like an answer to prayer. For Paul the call was clear as day. They get up in the morning, pack up, and head out for Macedonia. New place, new people, new challenges. Lots of unknowns. Paul did not hesitate. As one deeply in tune with God and the Spirit, God spoke and Paul went.
God sometimes calls us in a similar way. He puts a call upon our heart and we feel the tugs to respond. Or maybe it comes in an almost audible whisper from the Holy Spirit or in a nudge we can almost physically feel. There is no denying that we all sense, feel, hear God’s calling and leading. And there is no denying that at times we ignore, dismiss, … this call and leading. We allow the fears, doubts, and unknowns to keep us in our safe, comfortable, easy place. Step out. We need to step out in faith and with the confidence that God goes before and that the Spirit walks alongside us.
We were each created to be used by God. Each of us was created with our own gifts and talents for a purpose. As we allow God and the Spirit to move in our lives, we are freed to experience and share the amazing power of God transforming our lives and the lives of those around us. Step out and step into God’s plan for your life.