Posted: Wednesday, March 21
Verse of the day:
“But he replied, “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent.” (Luke 4:43)
There is a peace that comes with knowing what God has called you to do and who God has called you to be. But as the seasons of life continue to change, how do you stay centered?
Today we see Jesus as he is starting his public ministry. Luke chapter four includes some big wins for Jesus’ ministry and popularity: Healing Peters mother-in-law, casting out demons and healing all who were sick that came to him. Jesus was riding the wave of popularity and success that followed him in the early part of his ministry. However, Jesus only had three years to plant the seed of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God in the hearts and minds of people and that would mean that he must keep moving. He had to scatter the seed if he wanted to see a harvest.
So what was his response to the popularity and the acclaim that was coming his way? He went and found a place to be alone. He went to pray and center himself upon the calling and the will of God for his life. He could not get distracted by all the praise and crowds trying to get him to stay in one place. He knew the tide would turn one day, it always does, and he wanted to make sure that before then he had spread the Good News.
There are times that we also need to slow down, get into a quiet place and center ourselves on the idea of what God has called us to do. I have heard it said that if you are asking God what his will is for your life and you are not hearing anything, then you need to return to the last thing you know He told you to do. If he has not given you new orders, then the old ones still apply. Jesus did not get bogged down in his own popularity or praise. He quieted his heart, opened up his ears and listened for the voice of God and then followed.
Make sure you make solitude a part of your day. Not just reading the Bible and not just having a conversation with God (prayer) but sitting quietly in his presence. A very hard discipline to develop yet invaluable if we are going to say on the move to the calling that God has placed in us all.