Burden of the Heart

By: Woody Godbey

I joined a group of men called, "THE MASTERS BUILDERS". They go all over America building church buildings, add-on's, remodeling or whatever a church needs in a building program.

I felt like God was nudging me to go and help these guys while they were close by. Close by is 40 miles from where I live but close enough. They give of their own time to do this. Most of them are like myself, retired and not in real good shape. But they do a great Job.

I leave the house before daylight and put in about 10 hours a day and I am dragging when I get home. My knees are killing me and my foot has gone numb from pain. But there is something deep within that makes all the pain worthwhile. When you go where God wants you to go or do what He wants you to do, there is a peace and Joy that you just don't experience anywhere else. Don't be reluctant when it comes to following God's call to do something or go somewhere. I'm reminded of the story of Ananias in Acts 9.

Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto you in the way as you came, has sent me, that you might receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

One can understand the reluctance of Ananias, the follower of Christ whom God instructed to go and visit Saul within days of his conversion. Saul of Tarsus, after all, was the hunter of believers, the killer of Christians.

Ananias even questioned the idea: "But Lord, I've heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name" (Acts 9:13–14).

But God told him, "Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name's sake" (verses 15–16).

There will be times when God will put a burden on your heart to approach a certain person, say a specific thing, or go to a particular place. You have a choice in the matter. You can either go or not go. When God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, he got up and went in the opposite direction. Ananias, however, did what God told him to do.

You can be a Jonah or you can be an Ananias. You can go where God tells you to go or you can refuse. You can go and receive the blessing or you can refuse to go and miss it.

You are where you are right now for such a time as this (see Esther 4:14). God may ask you to do something that you feel hesitant to do. But if He tells you to go, then you should go. And if you choose not to, God will get the job done anyway—but you will miss out on the blessing of obeying Him. Do and Go for the Lord and experience that joy and peace. God bless!