Step Six: God will require a price
God calls a person to a place for a people with a purpose and a plan. Sometime during the process, the person called to missions will begin to understand that there will be a price to pay to do the will of God. There always is.
It is not a bad thing. It is a good thing. But normally, it is a hard thing.
For Moses, he first had to leave the court of Pharaoh and live in the wilderness among the people of Midian. Acts 7:29 says, “Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.” He did not live the life of a prince in a land of vast wealth and power. He lived in exile as an alien tending to the flocks of his father-in-law, Jethro.
How was Moses able to pay the price that God was asking of him? Hebrews 11:24 states, “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter…” Moses had faith in God and his faith allowed him to be refined by the price required by God.
It is no different for us today. To do the will of God will usually require a price to be paid. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24-25, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
Jesus then demonstrated the price He was to pay in doing the will of the Father by going to the cross of Calvary and dying for our sins. Jesus was the Person called to a place (earth) for a people (us) with a purpose and a plan (salvation for the lost). He then paid the ultimate price. He gave up His life so that we could live.
Whenever God calls us (the person) to do His work, He will provide a place, a people, a purpose and a plan. As we respond to His calling, we will then discover the price that must be paid and then, we must decide if we are willing to pay it.
Something to think about…