Over the last four years at Bethel, one of the most life-giving lessons I’ve learned is Pastor Eric Johnson’s charge that the light is green unless it is red.
In other words, keep moving ahead unless it’s pretty clear that God says to stop. Of course, that must be balanced with wisdom and biblical principles, but from my perspective, that statement is a key ingredient in stewarding the prophetic words and destiny over your life.
Before my time at Bethel, I often worried about whether I was doing the will of God. As a result of my fear of not doing the right thing in the right timing, I likely accomplished less than I otherwise could have.
I’m a sports fan, so the analogy of the bench comes to mind. Players on the bench have very little impact when they are out of the game. There is a place for learning through observation, resting and cheering on teammates, but the best coaches give each player a role. Our Coach, God, has given you and me a role to play. What’s yours?
I used to be so worried about getting it right. Then God gave me a revelation. The wrong action done with the right heart is better than the right action with the wrong heart. That’s not talking about sin. That’s talking about faith and risk.
Allow me to share a story to illustrate about faith and risk. Unlike a lot of people in Redding, I did not have a dramatic encounter urging me to come to Bethel. Instead, I found myself at the end of one assignment and searching for what was next. I prayed, I pondered, I did everything I knew to do. “God, I want to do the right thing,” I prayed any number of times. More than five years later, I still remember riding on a bus, talking with a friend. “Sometimes you just have to jump and trust that He’s good enough to catch you,” my friend said. Inching along my proverbial high dive toward the plunge, I finally heard God. “I’ll bless you if you go, or if you stay,” he said. A lot of times he simply wants to bless what we decide. What’s your choice? He’s waiting to bless you and to back you up, but first you have to take the step.
There is the other side to this when it is prudent to wait on the Lord, but that’s for another day. For now, if you are at a similar place, if you have a dream or a desire, but are unsure what to do about it, or what God thinks, ask him.
I’m reminded of another one of my most meaningful lessons from my time at Bethel, courtesy of our leader, Ben Armstrong. Ben often asks the question: God, what’s one thing I can do to show that I believe?
Now that you have God’s answer and your action step, let me encourage you to tell someone about it, so he or she can cheer you on in your follow through!
By Sam Miller