Sometimes God will send you places that may be uncomfortable or He may call you to do things that you do not want to do. Will you respond begrudgingly or will you answer the call with joy knowing that God knows what’s best?
Synopsis of Jonah chapters 1-4.
Jonah was called to the city of Nineveh to pronounce judgement to the people. Jonah, however, did not want to do what the Lord asked because he knew that the people of Nineveh would repent and that God would have mercy on them. Though that is what happened in the end, Jonah was still judged for rejecting the call of the Lord.
God had to discipline Jonah to motivate him to do the will of the Lord. Don’t be forced to respond to your call from The Lord. Simply answer and give yourself away with joy, knowing that your life is not your own and Jesus knows what’s best.
In the end, Jonah was not happy that the city of Nineveh repented and God had mercy on them (because their repentance made his proclamation appear to be a lie). Do you have a heart for the people or do you more so care about how you are perceived?
Jonah’s assignment led countless people to repentance.
Though Jonah obliged and responded to the call of The Lord he did not enjoy the ministry God gave him because he did not have a heart for the people. Will you be a Jonah?
Self reflect. Pray. Give your self away in joy and respond to God’s call, your assignment, in love with a heart for God’s people.
Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 4 And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. 1 Peter 5:2-4