inside OUT : Reluctance
Pastor Tom Grieb continues our series "inside OUT."
We are challenging ourselves these days with the word, “out.” We know from scripture that our gaze always needs to be “out.” As we tend to things inside, we will find ourselves better prepared to tend to things outside.
When it comes to reaching out there’s a reluctance that surfaces that says a lot about ourselves and what we think about God. We are hesitant to go outside our comfort zones. We are cautious about getting involved. We are tentative about reaching out to those who are different than ourselves. We might even doubt God’s provision to equip us with the very things we will need to fulfill his call.
Jonah was a guy who had all those things at play in his life. He was called by God to go to Nineveh and preach there. Jonah, though, would hear nothing of it. He even attempted to run away, but God pursued him all the more. God didn’t give up on Jonah. Rather begrudgingly, Jonah made it to Nineveh. While there he preached a half-hearted sermon on repentance that bore great fruit.
The upshot is this: you and I can’t hide from God when it comes to his call upon our lives. It comes to each of us to be his “witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” wherever those places and people may be for us.