I met with a friend and talked about an opportunity of earning an additional income. It was supposedly our hobby turned to a business. Things seemed well when we chitchatted the first time, so we agreed on having a meeting.
And the time came for us to meet. We brainstormed about things: business name, mission and vision, possible costs, advertisements, who would do this and that, and the possibility of really earning, etc. We even had a wonderful reason for doing it – do the Church some good financially. We had so much fun discussing the details. ‘This is really going to work?’ or so we thought. Even before we started discussing about the matter, I just really felt such prodding in my heart about NOT doing it. I went on with the plan anyways. As we were discussing both of us noticed a growing prodding in our hearts. Then my supposed business partner said ‘I think we should inquire of the Lord about this..’ The result – the birth date of the company became its death date. We didn’t go for it. We later on realized that it would consume so much of our time, have a hard time serving God in the ministry and the worst – walk away from God’s call.
So, what did I learn?
- What seems to be good in our sight may not really be good for us. We may have beautiful reasons, having so much fun doing it; but obedience to God is better than sacrifice.
- Don’t start, do, and end something without Him. If you acknowledge Him in your life, He will make your path straight. Whatever God starts, He finishes. Thus, whatever God did not start He is not obliged to finish.
- Once you’re called, you’re called. God never changes His mind.
- I thank God that He convicted us. I did not need to learn it the hard way. Thank God for His goodness.
Listen and obey Him today! You won’t go wrong when you walk in the center of His will.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.