If God were to ask you to do something without telling you any details ahead of time, but he promised he would help you to do it, would you? Without knowing what it would cost you, how long it would take, how hard it might be? We see in scripture where God asked much of many without telling them ahead of time all that would be required and yet they said yes and blindly followed.
We have wonderful examples of others who have gone before. Let’s look at a few examples. How about Mary? Here she is just a child being asked to do a really hard thing, to give up her wants for God’s wants. To risk it all … how did she respond? Luke 1:38 tells us: 38 “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” Mary responded with a resounding yes!
Mathew 4:18-20 tells us about Peter and his brother, it says: 18 ”And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20They immediately left their nets and followed Him.”
Stephen was willing to lay down his life for Christ. He believed that God was with him and would not forsake him. Even when his yes required his life scripture tells us that he was obedient to his “yes” and as a result, he was rewarded. Acts 7:55 says this: “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.” Stephen knew where he was going and had faith that he was not alone even in
We as believers are filled with The Holy Spirit which gives us power outside of what we ourselves can muster up in times of need. When we say yes to Jesus when we jump out of the safety of the boat into the unknown we can rest assured that we are not alone. Our God will empower us by his spirit.
Acts 1:8 says: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” We as believers have the Holy Spirit in us, helping us say yes to all God has for us, knowing that He is able to do in us and through us all he wants. We are to be obedient to do and he is faithful to fill us and take what we bring to fulfill his will. I want to be a yes person, how about you?
I realize there are times when my “yes” does and will cost me more than I had imagined. Sometimes my “yes” is inconvenient and hard to do. Yet, I have always found that saying “yes” to the Lord, being inconvenienced for him, having my heart broken or some other thing is always worth whatever it has cost me. Even in this life, He gives us those moments of unimaginable blessings that say to our Spirit “well done.”
I do not do anything as a means of getting something from God, however, I already know that when I do it, it is his good pleasure to give back to me in some way, big or small. I am his child and he loves me, but the greatest thing he has given me and I will have forever is eternity with him. Yes, is worth that, Yes is a good place to start. Yes, will give us more than we imagined. Say yes and see what God will do! Give him your “best yes!”