Doing God's Will Series: Week One
by: Gerrit Dawson, Senior Pastor
Read I Samuel 3.
Consider how each of these ideas from the story relates to God’s call in your life:
a) Samuel slept in the house of the Lord. He located himself in a place where God’s presence was known to be felt. In other words, he positioned himself to be “in the way” when God’s words and call came.
b) Samuel got up from sleep and made inquiries of an older, wiser person when he first heard God’s call.
c) Samuel offered a prayer of availability to God, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
d) Samuel had the courage to obey even though it meant risking his mentor’s displeasure.
Use the phrase, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” throughout the day and night.
Read Isaiah 6: 1-9.
Consider Isaiah’s response to being in the presence of the LORD. What feelings of inadequacy and guilt for “unclean lips” might be making you fear to be in God’s presence? Consider what gift is given to Isaiah to heal his guilt. What does God offer you? Consider as well the question which the LORD asks, “Whom shall I send?” and Isaiah’s prayer of radical availability, “Here I am; send me!”
Use that phrase throughout your prayers today and tonight.
Read Luke 11: 38-41.
Meditate on the difference between a vocation of busyness and a vocation of devotion. Why is Mary’s the better part? What tasks would you like to leave off so that you might pursue your first love, Jesus’ first call to you?
Meditate upon Jesus’ words, “You have need of only one thing.” throughout this day and night.
Read Romans 1: 1-7.
Consider that if you know Jesus as Lord and Savior, God has called you to himself. Try to recall the times when you have felt God’s claim and call on your life most clearly. Perhaps write down the story of your first call to know him, and any times of renewal when the first call seemed to come afresh. Explore the circumstances of your responding to God’s call. Give thanks that you were able to say Yes, and affirm those moments with joy throughout the day.
Read Revelation 2: 1-7.
Reviewing yesterday’s work, consider ways in which you may have lost your first love for God. What has come between you and an undivided devotion to God? Let the memories of your first call to follow Jesus work in you to get behind the later resistance and loss of luster.
Read Mark 10: 17-22.
Hear Jesus’ words to the rich young man as words to you. He sees you and he loves you. But then he speaks the one thing you lack? What is it? What might he be asking you to give up so that you will be free to follow him more nearly? Do you feel that you will walk away grieving as this man did? What would help you move towards radical availability?
Read Acts 22: 1-21.
What was the primary call given to Saul? What response of availability did he make? How does responding to Jesus Christ as his Lord precede being given a mission to the Gentiles? As you prepare to enter a second week considering your vocation, what yet needs to be abandoned in order to be ready to hear God’s particular instructions? What needs to be embraced?