Abram (Abraham) was comfortable and doing well in a familiar land among his people (Genesis 12:1).
Paul was a Pharisee and well respected among the Jews (Philippians 3:5).
Peter, James and John were fishermen which was a very necessary profession (Luke 5:1-11).
Matthew was a tax collector, they were despised because that sometimes opened opportunities for dishonest gain.
The disciples had wives and families (Matthew 8:14, 1 Corinthians 9:5). When these men accepted their calling it affected their families, livelihoods professions and reputations. IT WASN’T A SMOOTH, EASY, OR CONVENIENT TRANSITION.
Yes, even though many ministers today encounter some opposition, most enjoy preaching to captive audiences that reward us with “amens”, but many times the disciples were blessed to get out of town alive. There are still many today that endure persecution and hardship in some parts of the world, may God bless them.
My point is that many of us want callings and ministries of convenience. We may know we have a calling on our lives but aren’t willing to make the sacrifices that go along with it.
Our transitions into our calling may not be smooth. We may have to give up a lucrative career. We may have to move on from a familiar comfortable place (go from the land of your fathers to a place I will show you (Genesis 12:1).
People may murmur about you and say you are crazy, naive, foolish…
Not just people who don’t matter, but people who do matter may not understand. But, sometimes that’s what it takes to pursue your purpose in God.
An inconvenient transition requires more faith. The great men and women of God had to step out on faith…and so will we. Pray for wisdom, discernment and guidance because sometimes, not always, but sometimes, we have to step from COMFORT into our CALLING.