“Here I am”
“So let God work God’s will in you…Say a quiet yes to God and God will be there in no time.” – James 4:7-8 (MSG)
Improv comedy and Christianity have a lot in common. The general rule of thumb in improv is, “Yes, and.” This response, regardless of the scenario, keeps the dialogue moving, keeps the scene evolving, and keeps possibilities open. It’s a great way to stumble upon insights, hilarious and profound. It is also a great posture when seeking to follow the way of Christ.
The principle of “Yes, and…” is about being willing. It is about being willing to step into the unknown with another. It is about trust. Willingness is the first step of ministry.
The journey of Christianity begins with being willing to follow the way of Christ. Being made in the image of God means that the spirit of God has chosen not to coerce us, nor manipulate us into loving or following God. The scriptures affirm repeatedly that we are presented with choices throughout our life about which way we will follow. Willingness, is about the choice we make. It is about what we will say, “Yes!” to.
Throughout the scriptures we see a similar scene play out frequently. In this scene God’s voice rings out. Sometimes God is calling on a particular person. Sometimes God is speaking about a specific situation. Sometimes God is asking a pointed question. In response to God’s word an individual in the scene lifts his/her own voice and says, “Here I am.” The response, “Here I am” is a way of stepping forward and being fully present. It is an expression of faith and an act of trust.
Over the course of this week we will look at characters in the scripture who demonstrated a willingness to follow God. These individuals did not begin their spiritual journey as giants of the faith. They began with a seed of courage and a simple, “Yes.”
“What all my years in improvisation has taught is this, if you’re going to grow…you have to try some new things. You’ve got to be willing to take a few risks.” – Jack McBrayer
God of new days, new mercies, and new invitations. You are worthy of my trust. Help me to say yes to you and to your call this day. Amen