“Is there anything you’re running FROM that you should be running TO?” – Carl Gulley //
This week lead pastor Carl Gulley kicked off our new series, Whales and Worms: Our Reluctance. His Relentlessness. Throughout our series, we are taking a look at the life of Jonah and how God’s relentless pursuit led Jonah into the divine purpose God had for him. The life of Jonah is more than just a story we heard in Sunday school. As we unpack his story together, we’re sure to see parallels in our own lives.
THE ONE THING GOD ASKS US TO DO IS TYPICALLY THE ONE THING WE DON’T WANT TO DO.
We spent our morning unpacking Jonah 1:1-16. At the beginning of the chapter, the Lord asks Jonah to go to Nineveh. In those days, Nineveh was seen as the worst of the worst; violent and full of terror. So naturally, Jonah ran in the opposite direction. From our perspective, it’s easy to judge Jonah for his response. But many times, we have the same response as Jonah because the things God asks us to do aren’t always convenient.
GOD SEES THE RESTORATION ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR OBEDIENCE.
When the Lord invites us into something, He doesn’t promise convenience. Obedience will cost us something, whether it is our reputation, comfort or something else, but the restoration on the other side is worth it. Rather than trying to preserve our comfort, what if we looked at our, ‘yes’ as a win for the Kingdom? Our willingness to be stretched and uncomfortable could open the door for someone else’s breakthrough.
WHEN YOUR RELUCTANCE TURNS TO RUNNING, YOU’LL EXPERIENCE THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF GOD.
Because we don’t see the victory on the other side, we typically find ourselves responding in the same way as Jonah. We run. In Jonah’s case, the Lord sent a storm to deter Jonah. For us, He may send people to call us out or something else. Either way, the Lord will relentlessly pursue us because He is more committed to us than we are to Him.
In the end, if the Lord asks us to do something, we can rest in the truth that He sees something we don’t. There is something greater on the other side, and our obedience will ultimately lead to life.
IN RESPONSE //
Is there something that the Lord has asked you to do that feels inconvenient or uncomfortable? Our tendency is to run, but press in. Trust that God has a plan so much greater than we can see.
Be sure to join us next week as we continue our series!