CALLING THE UNWILLING // Kelyn Mock
This past Sunday, we saw in Exodus 4 that God has an ambitious plan to save the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, and He wants His plan declared through Moses. And so it is with us: God has an ambitious plan for C3 Brooklyn, a plan for all of His children to be saved from the bondage of the world into the freedom that only He can provide through our generosity and sacrifice. With a plan so grand it is easy to find ourselves having excuses—and these excuses are nothing new because we see that Moses has all the same excuses and objections that you and I still make today.
This was my story for the past year. I found myself between jobs more than I would like to admit and took a pay cut greater than my bank account was comfortable with. I made every excuse in the book to blame my financial “weakness” as to why I was unable to fulfill my Vision Builders pledge. I became unwilling to sacrifice more than I already had or what I thought I had. I failed to do it on my own and attempted to accomplish “the desire of God without the power of God,” as Pastor Josh put it. I never let God into my financial situation past my tithe, and in turn I never gave Him the chance to show His power in my weakness.
Like Moses, I was placing too much emphasis and importance on who I am, what I can do and what I can’t do—and not enough emphasis on the fact that if God commands me to go do something, that He promises to be with me, He will enable me and He will empower me to accomplish exactly what He has called me to do.
Matt 28:20 says, “Lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”
Pastor Josh was landing the plane on his message when I felt the Lord say to me, “Kelyn, what you have to know about me is that the will for your life will never be trumped or thwarted by your weakness or unwillingness.” Man, I am so thankful that God will meet me in my unwillingness to show what He is able to do through my willingness to sacrifice my comfort.
We serve an ambitious God with an ambitious plan, so as we step out in faith into Vision Builders and Vision Sunday, may we be a church where God’s glory shines through our willingness, weakness and sacrifice.