Long before I was a pastor, I was in the corporate world, working in sales.
In 1999, I felt like God was asking me to quit my job and work for my father-in-law’s church of 180 people. They couldn’t afford to pay me, so I worked for free.
I didn’t have an iPhone and computers weren’t really big, back then. So, I used to keep all my important leads on three-by-five cards in a big long box.
That information was like GOLD!
I always knew exactly when each contract was about to expire so that I could call back at the precise time and make the sale. It’s not that I was a great salesperson… I was just REALLY organized!
I stored my lead box away in a closet.
(Isn’t it funny, how we build in our own contingency plans. WHAT IF God’s plan doesn’t work out? What if I need that box… just in case?)
God spoke to my heart. “I need you to go BURN that box. What are you saving it for?”
I wasn’t cheerfully obedient, but I really didn’t want to be out of the Will of God. So, I got the box out of the closet, placed it in the middle of the backyard…and SET IT ON FIRE!
I have to admit; it was kind of SCARY!
I remember thinking, “God, what are You doing? This doesn’t make ANY sense!”
We can’t just do what we want, in the name of Jesus, and then blame God for the failure. Our best blessing is waiting on the other side of our OBEDIENCE.
God asked me to give up something that was very valuable to me. In exchange, He gave me back something TOTALLY PRICELESS… an incredible life of ministry!
Has God ever asked you to do something scary that just didn’t make sense? Tell me about it.