Called to Get In & to Get Out

We hear sermons preached frequently about being called IN TO something but we do not often hear about being called OUT OF something. I wonder how many pastors that have fallen into temptation were told by God beforehand to leave the ministry? I am not saying that God knew they would end up in an affair but I am saying that disobedience does lead to multiple problems.

Think about it: Let’s say that in God’s still small voice, He said, “You need to leave your job.” The person says, “What? This cannot be God’s voice! I am doing great in my job. I just got a raise and I am now at the top of my field. God would never want me to do that.” So you ignore the instruction. Next thing you know, you are out of a job. Wouldn’t it have been better to leave in faith than to be fired? Wouldn’t it be better to quit out of obedience than to fall into disobedience?

Bobbye was telling me today that this exact scenario happened to her. She was not trained to hear the Lord yet but she knew God told her to quit her job over 12 years ago. She was at the top of her career and making a six-figure salary with lots of bonuses and perks. Bobbye ignored the voice of the Lord and ended up very sick…for a few years. After telling the Lord, “I give up…” her life began to change and healing began.

There are times that we just do not want to change course but it is through the change that God brings healing through new opportunities and new ways of thinking. I know that the Lord wants a change of course in me too. I can kick and scream and make excuses but deep in my heart, I know what I need to do.  So, I prayed and asked God for confirmation. He led me to Abraham in Genesis 12:1:

The Lord had said to Abram, “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.”

 God told Abram to Get out. He was not in sin in his country but he would have ended up in sin by staying there. He had no direction or instruction of where to go. He was just told to leave.

Many of us do not want to hear from the Lord because we are then accountable to do what He says. The door of obedience swings both ways…In To and Out Of.

Here we go…one step at a time!   Tonilee Adamson


3 thoughts on “Called to Get In & to Get Out

  1. Michele

    This is just what I needed to hear today. I am considering leaving my current postion and I am scared. Sometimes I just have to listen to God and see what he has planned for me. I have been stressed out and am no longer happy with my current position. At this point I am not sure what direction I will be going I just know that it feels right so I must be doing the right thing. Thanks for the words of incouragement! I look forward to seeing what God has planned for me!

    Have a blessed day!

  2. Laura Folsom

    Thank you for sharing this story Tonilee! It speaks to my heart and most certainly is true of how the Lord has worked in my life and is doing today. My husband and I too feel the Lord stirring a new direction for us – and we are listening. Listening and testing. Seeking and praying. We are pursuing His voice and know that we can trust Him through it all. Many thanks! Laura

  3. Sally Miller

    Tonilee, I think this is such a crucial lesson that has been given to you by the Lord. It has been quite a change moving from San Diego to Oklahoma. I was studying Genesis when the move took place and recieved alot of comfort from the very verse in Genesis that you quoted. I have to say the first year was quite a challenge but I continue to trust in the Lord and know deep in my heart that He has something special for me here. My husband is very happy which was not the case in San Diego and the Lord has been beyond faithful in many areas in our lives since the move. I hope this post encourages other women. Thanks again. Sally

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