Every day we get up and get ready to head out into the world, but are we prepared for what is to come?
Every day we get dressed and walk out the door into the world, but do we know our purpose and plan?
Every day we get in our means of transportation to get somewhere, but is it really where we are supposed to go and do we know what we are supposed to do when we get there?
Now you arrived at your destination, what will you do? What is your plan? What is your purpose? What is your reason for being there? Do you know why you are there? Do you have a greater calling for why you have been put there? Do you know that you have been put there for such a day and such a time as this for a reason?
Let’s take a look at the start of our reason and see if we might be able to gleam some insight and wisdom before we head out today…
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Disciples
(Matthew 10.5-15; Mark 6.7-13)
1Jesus called the twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases. 2Then he sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick, 3after saying to them, “Take nothing with you for the trip: no walking stick, no beggar’s bag, no food, no money, not even an extra shirt. 4Wherever you are welcomed, stay in the same house until you leave that town; 5wherever people don’t welcome you, leave that town and shake the dust off your feet as a warning to them.” 6The disciples left and traveled through all the villages, preaching the Good News and healing people everywhere.
(Matthew 14.1-12; Mark 6.14-29)
7When Herod, the ruler of Galilee, heard about all the things that were happening, he was very confused, because some people were saying that John the Baptist had come back to life. 8Others were saying that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. 9Herod said, “I had John’s head cut off; but who is this man I hear these things about?” And he kept trying to see Jesus.
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
(Matthew 14.13-21; Mark 6.30-44; John 6.1-14)
10The apostles came back and told Jesus everything they had done. He took them with him, and they went off by themselves to a town named Bethsaida. 11When the crowds heard about it, they followed him. He welcomed them, spoke to them about the Kingdom of God, and healed those who needed it. 12When the sun was beginning to set, the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the people away so that they can go to the villages and farms around here and find food and lodging, because this is a lonely place.” 13But Jesus said to them, “You yourselves give them something to eat.”They answered, “All we have are five loaves and two fish. Do you want us to go and buy food for this whole crowd?” 14(There were about five thousand men there.)Jesus said to his disciples, “Make the people sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15After the disciples had done so, 16Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up to heaven, thanked God for them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17They all ate and had enough, and the disciples took up twelve baskets of what was left over.
–from Luke 9
Did you set yourself up for success by meeting with Jesus and being filled with power and authority? Did you listen to get the instructions for the day? Are you sharing the good news of Jesus wherever you go? Do you celebrate the victories of the day with Jesus and share the testimony of your day with friends and family? (Aside…as I write this I think of my answer when I get home to the “question, how was your day?” and how it doesn’t speak to all that God has done in and through me. I need to change that. God forgive me.) Do you realize that God can take the little you have and use it to meet the needs of not only you and your stomach, but a multitude of others? Are you willing share? Are you willing to give? Are you willing to be a part of something so much bigger than yourself?
Today’s reading continues into Colossians…Prayer is a conversation with God! To build up your relationship you need to keep in sync with Him. Today’s reading puts it this ways…
2Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. 3At the same time pray also for us, so that God will give us a good opportunity to preach his message about the secret of Christ. For that is why I am now in prison. 4Pray, then, that I may speak, as I should, in such a way as to make it clear. 5Be wise in the way you act toward those who are not believers, making good use of every opportunity you have. 6Your speech should always be pleasant and interesting, and you should know how to give the right answer to everyone. –from Colossians 4
We get some pretty good instructions through this into what we are to do! Be persistent in prayer, don’t stop, keep in touch with God every step of the day. Keep alert so that you can see what is taking place around you. In and through it all praise God and thank Him for what He is doing in and through you. Remember the others around you and from your fellow ship who are in need of prayer. Lift them up to God too so that God will give them the opportunity to share the truth, the hope, and the love of Jesus with others. Pray for clarity and the right words to be able to share the hope and the truth and the love of Jesus in every situation! Let your life be a light into the world around you, not all people will believe and so your way of living is speaking more than words to them. So speak in a way that is pleasant and interesting so that others will be wondering more about God. And be ready to give the reason for the hope that is within you. Because you know what? Because of the way you live, others are going to ask what is it that makes you …
(Aside: I can’t let the world rob me of the joy of the Lord that is my strength, I can’t let my circumstances define or determine my attitude, so this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!)
God can be trusted, so let’s lift up His Word and put our hope and trust in Him!
1Lord, do not forget David and all the hardships he endured. 2Remember, Lord, what he promised, the vow he made to you, the Mighty God of Jacob: 3“I will not go home or go to bed; 4I will not rest or sleep, 5until I provide a place for the Lord, a home for the Mighty God of Jacob.” 6In Bethlehem we heard about the Covenant Box, and we found it in the fields of Jearim. 7We said, “Let us go to the Lord’s house; let us worship before his throne.” 8Come to the Temple, Lord, with the Covenant Box, the symbol of your power, and stay here forever. 9May your priests do always what is right; may your people shout for joy! 10You made a promise to your servant David; do not reject your chosen king, Lord. 11You made a solemn promise to David—a promise you will not take back: “I will make one of your sons king, and he will rule after you. 12If your sons are true to my covenant and to the commands I give them, their sons, also, will succeed you for all time as kings.” 13The Lord has chosen Zion; he wants to make it his home: 14“This is where I will live forever; this is where I want to rule. 15I will richly provide Zion with all she needs; I will satisfy her poor with food. 16I will bless her priests in all they do, and her people will sing and shout for joy. 17Here I will make one of David’s descendants a great king; here I will preserve the rule of my chosen king. 18I will cover his enemies with shame, but his kingdom will prosper and flourish.”
—from Psalm 132