Saying “Yes”

Read: “Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.“ Romans 12:2 (VOICE)

Reflect: At EastLake Church, we recently celebrated the “leadership baton” passing from Pastor Mike to Pastor James. Mike shared how saying “yes” over 20 years ago led us to where we are as a church today. At the time of saying “yes,” he had no idea what the path would look like, but he had faith. And when we have faith, we often have to let go of what comes next. It is simply saying “yes” and being open to what God has in store for us.

I am what you would call a “type A” personality. I like details and a well-thought out plan. I mean, if you want to achieve something, it’s only logical that I should know how to get there. Unfortunately, having faith is the opposite of how I am “wired.” Saying “yes” to God, often calls me to places completely out of my comfort zone. However, I have found that it has been on those journeys into the unknown, where I have experienced the most growth.

In the worship song “Oceans” by Hillsong, the first verse sings “you call me out upon the waters, the great unknown, where feet may fail.” It is in that place, that we need to lean on the Holy Spirit for guidance. We need to trust that God’s plan for us is good, even when we can’t see the details of that plan. Looking back on my life, I can see God’s hand in those moments and it helps me to trust in him more as I look to the future.

React: In what area do you feel the Holy Spirit calling you to say “yes” to him? Spend some quiet time with him this week and ask. James 1:5 assures us that God will grant us wisdom when we ask.

Pray: Father God, I know you want what is best for me in my life. Help me to say “yes” to you and trust in you, even when the outcome and steps are unclear.