Here are 3 signs God could be telling you “It’s time.”
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1. If Everything Is Prepared and All That Is Left to Do Is Step Out in Faith, This Is a Sign God Could Be Saying, “It’s Time!”
For something to happen in your life, multiple factors have to collide together at just the right moment. Sometimes you have a great opportunity but you don’t have that inner desire to accept this opportunity. Sometimes you have a desire to make a change but you don’t have the correct opportunity. And sometimes you have the opportunity and desire but you lack the personal and practical ability to do what is necessary to make it happen.
But when all three of these things are present – opportunity, personal desire, and the proper ability – the only choice left to make is to step out in faith or not. Certainly God could tell you just to hold off now even though everything seems to be in place. But more often than not, when the only thing holding you back is you not getting out of the boat with Jesus, this is often a sign God is telling you that now is the time to act.
In Mark 10 there was a rich young man who asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. In Mark 10:21-22 it states:
And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”
This man had the opportunity and the ability to follow Jesus, and while it may not seem apparat at first, to some degree he even had the desire to do so because in Mark 10:17 we see this young man asking Jesus what he must do. But when the moment of decision came, he lacked the faith to follow Jesus out into the unknown. May we, by God’s grace, have the faith to answer God’s call when we sense him saying, “It’s time.”
2. If Your Current Path Has Become Completely Unbearable, This Is Often a Sign God Is Saying “It’s Time!”
I’m sure you’ve had this same experience as me. Sometimes God allows our current situations to become so bad because he wants us to move forward into something new with him. If God would have let me remain comfortable and safe in past seasons of life, I would never have had the motivation to press forward into the new things God had for me. And I know many of you can relate to what I’m saying because this is a common way God leads Christians.
Notice what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 (NIV), “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” God often leads us into his rest by allowing us to first experience weariness and burdens so we are motivate to follow Jesus. So if the path you are on as recently become completely unbearable, this could be a sign God is telling you it’s time to walk a new path in life with him.
3. If You Know in Your Heart the Reward Is Worth the Risk, This Could Be a Sign God Is Saying “It’s Time!”
Sometimes God presents us with choices in life that look like utter foolishness to those on the outside looking in. To leave a safe and steady job for something that is dearer to your heart will make other people shake their heads at you. To make big sacrifices for a relationship will seem unwise to some people in your life. Or to tell all your friends that you are actually a Christian even though you know they will mock you for it seems like social suicide.
But when you know the reward is worth the risk, then there’s really nothing more to think about. A life lived in hesitation and worry is no life at all. Even if we fail as we try to do what we sense God leading us to do, at least we will be able to look back knowing we gave it our all rather than looking back with regrets because we know we lived too safely. As Jesus said in Mark 10:29-31:
Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
God has promised the Christian immense blessings, but all of these blessings only come after we have “left” what we had before we had Christ. May we never forget that the reward of following Christ is always greater than the risk of following Christ.
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