I’m Available

During my time as a student at Nyack College, I participated in the Brooklyn Gospel Team. Each Friday night, a group of students would make the trip into New York City to work with a local church and bring the gospel message to people on the streets of Brooklyn. One Friday night driving home, I stared out the window of the van. As we passed numerous apartment buildings with their lights on, I heard the Lord say, There are lost people living there—will you let me use you to share hope with people? And I said, “Yes!” I wanted to be a willing servant.

That was 43 years ago, and I have served the Lord in ministry for all the many years since. It has not always looked like what I imagined, and my husband and I have been          called to some hard places, but I do not regret saying yes to the Lord.

The prophet Isaiah responded to the Lord as well. Isaiah 6:8 records the following statement, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” There was no hesitation on Isaiah’s part, even though God tells him that the message he will be bringing is not a pleasant one.

I often ask myself, “If I had known the cost of going where the Lord planned to send me, would I have said, ‘yes?’”—and I can honestly say I would. Even in the hard and discouraging times, I know that I am walking in the path God has laid out for me.

Isaiah asks the Lord, “How long?” and the Lord basically tells him, “Until the task is finished.” Most would fall away, but a remnant would remain, and in that remnant, there would be found a holy seed—a reference to the Messiah.

Sometimes in ministry, we can feel as if our message is falling on deaf ears, whether believers or non-believers. Yet, if God has called us and we have responded with “send me,” then we must trust that God is working in people’s hearts. Only one or two may respond, yet, that one person may be the one that God uses to bring in a large harvest. Don’t be discouraged with the results or the numbers. God sees the results and they are not ours to worry about. Our task is to remain faithful to the end.

Our “yes” to God may take us down some hard paths, but obedience to your call will be used by Him to further His Kingdom.

Terri Groh

Terri Groh serves as the Northeastern Alliance women's director, as well as the disciple- making ministries director at Jamestown C&MA Church in Jamestown, NY. Terri holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Nyack College and a master of professional studies from Alliance Theological Seminary, and she is consecrated and ordained with The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Terri is an author and has written four women's devotional books, a Bible study on the epistle of James, and a plant-based cookbook. Her website is www.encouragingdeeproots.com.

Three Responses to “I’m Available”

  1. I totally agree with sister Terri Groh. Saying “yes” to the Lord is a soul saving “yes”, because you are saying “yes” to Christ. But, if we all be honest the enemy will always try to plant a seed of fear in us. The fear of violence, the fear of rejection and sometimes it can almost convince you to say yes when your actions say no. But, when that enemy try to plant that destructive thought, step back and think what if Christ said no (he wouldn’t have) but what if he did, because he doesn’t, didn’t and still don’t owe us anything. He is pure love and his love for us kept him on the cross until he said,”it’s finished “.
    So, when fear tries to slip in, surrender that feeling and thought to Christ. As followers and believers and lovers of Christ and others will wipe the very hint of fear away.

  2. Our Pastor Reverend Andrew V. Jackson, Jr.
    just preached this last Sunday “Be Available” Praise GOD you stayed the course, no matter what it looked like.

    Thank you for sharing your testimony.

    Tiffany Washington
    Webster Avenue CHRISTIAN and Missionary Alliance Church

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