Growing In Faith
For me, every weekday morning has a similar sound: beep, beep, beep, beep.
If you're like me, I say to myself, "Just five more minutes,” as I reach over to press the snooze button.....two, three, and sometimes even four times. I frequently allow myself ten minutes of extra sleep by pressing the snooze button and temporarily ignore my call to greet the day. With the exception of those who enjoy rising early, no one likes to hear their alarm clock in the quietness of the morning. We groan and reach out to press the snooze button on our ringing alarm clock or tap the circles on our phones singing the ringtone we set. While hitting the snooze button on our clocks and phones may not be a big deal, doing the same to God is a different story.
Have you ever pressed the snooze button on God? When we hear His call to do something, we sometimes put Him off so we can enjoy a few more minutes of our own selfish desires. Sometimes, what God is telling us to do doesn’t seem right in our eyes–or in many cases, it appears too hard and out of our capability range. We don’t obey because we feel we aren't equipped or simply don’t want to. It’s too hard, too uncomfortable. So we put off His voice for a while—ignoring Him—until the task He’s calling us to do is fitted into our own time frame, and we think we are ready.
When we place God on hold, or press the snooze button on Him, we are actually disobeying Him. We say, “My time, not Yours,” but His timing is better. As Isaiah 55:9 (ESV) says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” What if the things we are putting off are vital to another situation or person? What if God wants to use us to bring life and hope to someone else? Although He can accomplish what He wants no matter what, we were designed to serve God. By obeying Him when He tells us to, we are serving Him.
In Luke 10:2 (ESV) Jesus says, “'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'” We, as Christians, are the Lord’s laborers. The harvest is the people of this fleeting world. We are to call them to Christ, to share the gospel with them, and to bring Him glory. That is our ultimate goal in life. Never should we hit snooze on our call to this duty.
Now is the time for us to be those few laborers and call others to the one true King, for the time of the end is near. Listen for your call, obeying immediately and without hesitation. When God’s alarm clock rings, telling us to wake up, don’t hit the snooze button! Get up and live for Christ!