Leaving Chernobyl

CHERNOBYLRecent news and technology has given us a fresh new look at the disaster of Chernobyl.

As you know, it is a city that has been completely abandoned, and for a good reason. It is the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, with level 7 radioactivity since 1986. Now, someone has flown a drone over the area to show some breathtaking views on the city that has long been forgotten. 

Can you imagine what it would have been like to live there? Imagine a normal day where your kids are at school learning their common core math, and you’re at work trying to make ends meet. Maybe things are “perfect,” and you took the day off to ride the ferris wheel. Imagine your normal routine during the week. What if an alarm went off, and you had to run and grab everything you could to survive?

It’s kind of spooky. freaky. unreasonable.

What if God called you in an instant to do something for Him?

But, that’s different, right? I mean, God wouldn’t call me without preparation would He? He understands that I have a life. I have obligations like my job or school. I have to be a good citizen and make sure I vote in all of the elections. I have a blog to do, people to see, and senior church groups to lead. Plus, Scandal comes on Thursday night, and I know there’s got to be a better Christian gladiator to do this.

Wrong.

When God calls you, He calls you. Who cares if you’re under-qualified? The God of the universe whispered in your ear to do work for the kingdom! Your best qualification is “The Creator asked me to.” Go ahead and put that on your resume because it trumps years of education and church servitude.

“God doesn’t call the equipped, son. He equips the called. And you have been called.

–Rick Yancey

So, I ask you again, what if God called you to do something for Him? What if you had a week, a day, a minute to answer the calling and make a decision? What if this was your Chernobyl, and you have. got. to. go?

I think it’s important to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. The disciples were like that. They dropped all of their stuff and followed Jesus. Did things or will things get tough? Absolutely. But that’s the joy of it. You do not go on a mission for God to get the warm hugs, smiles, and donation checks. You don’t do it for the nice beds or the public recognition. Those things are neither permanent or guaranteed. You might have no one say a word about what you do, and you may not see any results from the work you do. I do not want to scare you, but ministry is hard and a calling from God is no walk in the park.

When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.”

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

You have to be ready to leave. to work. to hurt. to love. It might not go the way you expect it to, and you may not even feel like you’re doing enough. But God will call you to do the exact amount of work He wants you to do, and His pleasure comes before your own. Get ready to leave. You’ve been called, and you don’t have time to hang up the phone.

What is your Chernobyl? Are your bags packed?

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