This past Sunday at church, a visiting speaker reminded us to say yes to the opportunities God puts in our path. I have to admit I don’t always follow God’s gentle nudging. There have been times when I’ve felt led to reach out to someone, or even just to voice a thought or question, either one-on-one or in a large group. But instead of taking the risk, I remain comfortably quiet or to myself, even as I realize few people would object to someone spreading a smile or cheerful word. Somehow living in an increasingly isolated society (apart from online social networking, of course!) makes it seem like real interaction has become optional.
But what if remaining comfortably quiet instead of following those nudges is actually being disobedient to God? Did He create me to be merely comfortable? Has much good has ever come from someone so comfortable in life they just let the days pass by? Making no change, taking no risk, allowing no new thoughts or experiences?
Obviously not all whispers come from God, but there is one sure way to test them. Is whatever you’re being prompted to do in sync with something Jesus would do? Does the word or action represent God well? Not all of the nudges will be smiles and happy words, but it’s likely all of them have a foundation of love. Even when Jesus admonished the money changers in the temple, He did it out of love for God.
This is just a short reminder to you and to me: learn to listen to God’s whispers, and build up your courage to follow them. No doubt God will bless both ends of the interaction!