“announce now to the people, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.”” so twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained. Judges 7:3 NIV
I can almost hear Gideon now, approaching the people with this one:
” Okay now, listen up men, if any of you are just too afraid to do this, let it be known now or forever hold your peace. If you’re scared, now’s your chance to opt out of this deal.”
Over two-thirds of the men volunteer to let someone else do it! Isn’t that the way it is today! Actually, I think now the statistic is much worse. (Don’t “they” say that 10% of the people do 90% of the work?)
I know serving God isn’t always easy. We can think of dozens of excuses to keep us from fully being obedient to God’s call on our life. The economy is struggling. You have a busy schedule. You are afraid you don’t have what it takes. You have a past that embarrasses you. You have been hurt before. I have had all those concerns at times before too!
Thankfully, there were 10,000 who said yes! (God would later reduce that number, but 10,000 were willing to go.) These were the faithful. These were the ones willing to put God’s agenda ahead of their own. These were also the ones whom God can reward! They were setting themselves up to see God’s strength and glory displayed through their life!
Thankfully there are those men and women today, who though they may still have fear, or think they don’t have what it takes to get the job done, are still willing to commit to work for Christ; regardless of the cost. They realize the reward is worth it in the end!
Are you among this elite group?