Monday, July 8, 2013

God's Whispers


Those who desire with all their hearts to live their lives in grateful praise for what God has done for them through Christ understand about God's whispers.

It's a still small voice that whispers to their hearts...

Just a quiet knocking to move them in directions that He desires them to go.

It is those whispers that propel them to seek out and find ways to be Christ to those around them.  

It is those whispers that often come in the still of the night... sometimes whispers that seem rather strange... a bit crazy.. sometimes downright radical.

Those whispers that call people to sell everything they own, pack their bags and live out their lives sharing the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Those whispers that ignite in people the desire to give way beyond what they can afford to help others who are in desperate need.


Those whispers that inspire people to give up their hard-earned time, their hard-earned money, their earthly pleasures... so that others may come to know the God they love.
 
Those whispers that call families to look around their homes and find space at their tables for a needy one, or two, or three.

Those whispers that call others to advocate for the hungry, the widow, the sick, the imprisoned.



Whispers that send people to this part of the world or that.

Whispers that compel people to share with their co-workers or friends.
 

God's Whispers.

Pointing out a child to this person and saying to them.. THAT ONE... You help THAT ONE.

 

Pointing out a homeless person and saying.. THIS ONE... This is the one you need to help.



 
Pointing out a ministry and saying... DO THIS... This is where I can use you.

Whispering for people to go here, go there.  

To be His hands.  To be His feet.  To bring His light.



 To teach and tell and share with people what He has done.

Not for personal gain.  Not for personal glory.

Not to gain salvation that has been freely given.

But to point over and over and over again to the Cross.

To the cross.

God's whispers calling people to the Cross.

The cross.


I John 3...

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

 
God's Whispers.

Whispers that scream peace into our own hearts when we feel condemned and beaten down.

Whispers that remind us that Jesus made a way.  He made a way.

 Whispers that remind that we are forgiven if only we believe. 

Whispers that compel us to love.  Love as we have been loved.

Love because he first loved us.



Love in His name.

For His honor.  And His glory.

God's Whispers.

In grateful praise for what He has done.

Radical.  Crazy. 

God's Whispers.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

Are you listening?

Are you listening?


 

6 comments:

  1. Here I am lord! Is it I Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart!

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    1. I love that song, MoonDog! I learned it while on a youth mission trip (as a cook, accompanying our two youngest and a bunch of other youth) in the Philippines in early 2003. One of our church members also sang it as a dedicatory song (not knowing how much I like it!) just before I went to Romania in 2004. I haven't heard it in a long time, but it is one of my favorites!

      Another long-time favorite of mine, that I learned in high school, though not written with International Special Needs adoption in mind, seems to fit here, too:

      Ask Not to Be Excused

      Ask not to be excused,
      There's earnest work to do;
      Stand ready to be used
      Where God may station you. His invitation kind
      To thee has oft been giv'n
      Accept and thou shalt find
      Tis sweet to work for heaven.

      Refrain:
      Come, O come,
      Ask not to be excused;
      Come, O come,
      Stand ready to be used.
      Ask not to be excused,
      This answer may be give'n:
      Thou hast My love abused,
      Thou art excused from heav'n.

      Ask not to be excused,
      The Master calls today;
      Too long hast thou refused;
      Now hasten to obey.
      The harvest fields are white,
      The laborers are few;
      Let this be thy delight,
      The Master's work to do.

      Ask not to be excused,
      There's danger in delay;
      That wondrous love abused,
      Forever turns away.
      While mercy gently pleads
      And points the way to heav'n,
      While Jesus intercedes,
      O come and be forgiv'n.

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  2. Absolutely LOVE this post and God whispers. I only pray I am quiet enough to always hear Him.

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  3. In our family, when we hear God whispers to rescue, adopt another little one, we call them Redemption Whispers....we are hearing Him call again..Lord, may your will be done in us.

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  4. This is the best blog post EVER. All I can say is AMEN. May we hear and obey!!!

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