Take a quarter – put it in your hand and close it
Can someone take it? No
Can someone give you another quarter? No
If you’re not willing to give, you have no chance to receive.
In the same way, a person needs to willing to give up something good to receive something amazing.
When God calls you to His will, He also provides a way to follow. In Scripture we see examples of people who are called and decide that they can’t give up everything in their lives in order to follow. God wants us to be open and willing to do what He wants us to do. This means keeping our hand and hearts open to change. God calls you to be satisfied where He Has you, not looking ahead too far and not looking back. Being content means to become “ok” with where God has you right now. God has us as missionaries holding our hands open willing to give but waiting for his provisions.
In my life (JIM) I have graduated with a master’s degree but am not getting a career job because I don’t want to close my hands to what God wants me to do. My wife (Lauren) quit her job as a teacher thinking we would be in Haiti with CPR-3 in September 2013. Of course, God has called us to be here in the states until his time. Both of us have jobs we never expected to have to survive. I cleaned fire pits and did maintenance at a camp ground for 12 bucks a hour. Lauren ended up cleaning toilets so we can make ends meet. We knew that God had us in this place for a time. We believe we were supposed to give up everything for his service. God wanted to make sure we were clearing everything about us out of ourselves and focusing on Him. Willing to give up everything for God’s will means exactly that. When I needed money, God gave me a job at KOA West Chester were the owner is a great Christian man. Lauren was given a raise because she was needed back at her old job. In May we as a couple are going to be full time missionaries in Haiti missions for at least the summer. When God calls us to full time missions we will be ready.
1 Kings 19:19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” 21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.
Jim and Lauren Pearson are raising support to be living and serving in Haiti. They will be helping lead teams with CPR-3 in Haiti during the summer months and hope to be supported to stay in there full-time next fall. Interested in supporting this couple? Contact them here.