"Yes, Lord."

One of the most significant studies I’ve done as an adult Christian is Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. Time and again key teachings from this work remind me about important biblical principles.

One of them which came to mind this week is this:

“Two words in the Christian’s language cannot go together: ‘No, Lord.’ If you say ‘No,’ He is not Lord. If He really is your Lord, your answer must always be ‘Yes.’”

Blackaby says we need to say the following at the beginning of seeking God’s will:

“Lord, whatever I know to be Your will, I will do it. Regardless of the cost and regardless of the adjustment, as best I know my heart, I commit myself to follow Your will ahead of time. Lord, no matter what that will looks like, I will do it!”

If we don’t say something like this, we don’t truly mean “Thy will be done.” Rather we would mean “Thy will be done as long as it doesn’t conflict with my will.”

One of McLane’s core values is “a commitment to be inconvenienced for the sake of the Gospel.” This flows nicely in the spirit of Blackaby’s teaching on always being prepared to do God’s will, whatever that might be.

Considering Jesus’ example of this...dying on the cross for us in order to fulfill His father’s purpose for His life...we have the ultimate example of perfect obedience in this matter.

Where have you sensed God calling you? Has it been easy or difficult to follow where He is leading you? Have you been able to say “Yes, Lord” whenever you hear him interrupting your plans with something? To be available to God...and allowing Him to mold you into His design for your life are two marks of a disciple. They are not easy to do...after all, we have our own plan for our lives. And quite frankly we don’t like things getting in the way of achieving those plans.

If you hear God calling you somewhere you did not count on going, before you answer - remember what Jesus’ mother said to the angel who revealed God’s plan for her life:

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38)

I pray that you and I are able to respond "Yes, Lord" with willing hearts to the promptings our our Lord whenever He speaks.