A window of opportunity to leave where you are to be in position for where you are called to go and do is still open right now. Many have heard the invitation to make a move, but most have not accepted the invitation, because they like the comfort of where they are. When I lived in Seattle, WA, I was leading a large youth ministry there, I got a call from my dad to come to conference at a church that was in revival in a small (population 532 small) town called Smithton, MO. My dad said, God was moving mightily there and he invited me to come. My first response was God is moving here in Seattle, why do I need to come there? After some more conversations, I decided to attend that Pastor’s and Leaders Conference in September 1999 and my life changed forever from that weekend forward. I was invited to come, and as I look back if I would have not agreed to come, I wonder where I would be today. Needless to say, it was a hard choice, but a life changing one. Three months later I left my church of which we built the youth ministry from 5 students to 250 students in 5 years at a Lutheran Church and moved to another state to follow Jesus.
Why do I tell you that, because Mark 10:28-30 says, “Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.”
We have been taught the persecution comes with the 100 fold return, but the Lord said to me, the persecution comes when you try to leave. We take persecution when trying to make a change as a sign we are not to make the change, but the Lord would say, the persecution coming from making the change is your confirmation you are making the right change. You will not be persecuted when you are blessed, you will be persecuted when you try to leave. For you are making others uncomfortable when you no longer choose comfort over obedience.
I am hearing of people making major changes in jobs, where they live, relationships, many things, and they are going through some persecution for it, but they know God has called them to this change and so they are leaving comfort for the sake of the call and I can already see them being blessed 100 fold for it. If you have been invited to make a change, the window of opportunity is still open to do it. We are about to experience God in a measure none of us have ever known, being positioned correctly is for your benefit, not for persecution, but you have to endure the persection from those who don’t want you to change, for that disrupts their comfort. Change anyway, it’s good for them and you!