Do you ever feel the Holy Spirit tugging on your heart, telling you to go a certain direction? I know I have. Some paths Christ has asked me to take are small and simple to do, while others are sometimes life changing. I’m not talking about just for me, but for my whole family. Some of the little tasks God asks you to do to go in the direction He wants for you might be to leave a gospel tract somewhere, or go start a conversation with someone. It could also be door knocking or to participate in outreaches through the church. Then sometimes the Holy Spirit calls for us to take a life changing direction. A life changing calling from God could be to leave a nice cushy job and to start a whole new career where you can glorify Him more. It could also be moving from one side of the country to the other, or maybe he even asks you to adopt a child. Unfortunately, we as men and women of this secular world choose to ignore God’s divine direction. We feel Christ calling us to glorify Him in some way, but we’ve grown a callus over our hearts so much as to where we don’t even feel His calling anymore. I promise you, fellow believer, if you’ve been born again there is a direction God wants you to take. It’s up to us to open our hearts up to God and go or do whatever He asks. Men’s hearts are corrupt, but Christ’s is pure, so why wouldn’t we want to follow Him, rather than our own heart. If we follow our own direction, we might go down the path of temptation as Adam and Eve did in Genesis 3:6. What about the path of bitterness? We don’t want to do what Jonah did and run from God because he had bitterness towards Nineveh.
We want to be like Jeremiah. In Jeremiah 18:2, God tells Jeremiah, “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house…” Then in verse 3, Jeremiah goes down to the potter’s house. It doesn’t say that he was hesitant, or feared to go the direction God wanted. It says in verse 3, “Then I went down to the potter’s house.” Jeremiah didn’t know the potter, but he did as the Lord commanded and went, just as we should when we are called. Abraham is a good example of one who followed God’s direction many times. In Genesis 12:1 God says to Abraham, “get thee out of thy country.” In verse 4, with Abraham’s faith in God’s direction, he “departed as the Lord had spoken unto him.”
I think as Christians we need to follow God’s direction as Abraham and Jeremiah did. God knows what is best with our lives. The things of this world and ways of the world are not God’s ways, and when we follow the world’s direction, we will fail just like Adam and Jonah. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18