“Past performance is no guarantee of future success.” Last year, with that theory in mind, I tamped down the embers of desire to attend the Christian Communicators Conference. The one for those who hear God’s call to a speaking ministry.
Sure, I’ve taught Bible studies, but a speaking ministry is for the Beth Moores, Kay Arthurs, and Priscilla Shirers of the world, isn’t it?
And, without a guarantee of success, I let doubt stand in the way of registering. By the time I reconsidered, the conference class had filled. I slid God’s call into a corner of my heart and sat on it. The only thing it produced was dust bunnies.
Mary Magdalene, out of whom Christ drove seven demons, approached her responsibilities differently. After Jesus’ crucifixion, she and two other women returned to the tomb to complete the customary burial preparations and anoint his body.
There was only one problem. “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” (Mark 16:3, NIV) The heavy one that Joseph of Arimathea placed in front of the entrance after he laid Jesus there.
Mary and the women set out to perform their mission without all the answers. Without all the plans worked out. Without guarantees of success that they could get to Jesus. They went anyway.
And what awaited them? A stone rolled aside. An open tomb. A risen Christ.
When God calls us to a dream or responsibility, but we don’t have all the answers about how, do we go anyway? Do we walk forward in faith that God awaits us on the other end? Or do we loiter at the starting gate, waiting for the detailed plans? Or those guarantees of success.
Actually, when God calls, isn’t that the implied guarantee of success?
This week I head to the 2012 Christian Communicators Conference. Because now I know better who rolls away the stones when I give Him a little elbow room and expect Him to be there waiting.
But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled away. When they entered the tomb, … the angel said, …’Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you… ” (Mark 16:4-7, NLT)
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