Each of us have been created on purpose with a purpose! None of us are accidents in God’s eyes! Do you realize if you won’t do what you are supposed to do, someone else is going to have to do it? If you are supposed to cry out and praise God and don’t, imagine hearing the rocks crying out. When you get called, will you answer? When you get called, will you do it? How will you glorify God?
Will you allow anything to get in the way of your calling?
Today’s reading comes from when Jesus is entering Jerusalem…
The Triumphant Approach to Jerusalem
(Matthew 21.1-11; Mark 11.1-11; John 12.12-19)
28After Jesus said this, he went on in front of them toward Jerusalem. 29As he came near Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead 30with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you; as you go in, you will find a colt tied up that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If someone asks you why you are untying it, tell him that the Master needs it.” 32They went on their way and found everything just as Jesus had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying it?” 34“The Master needs it,” they answered, 35and they took the colt to Jesus. Then they threw their cloaks over the animal and helped Jesus get on. 36As he rode on, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37When he came near Jerusalem, at the place where the road went down the Mount of Olives, the large crowd of his disciples began to thank God and praise him in loud voices for all the great things that they had seen: 38“God bless the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God!” 39Then some of the Pharisees in the crowd spoke to Jesus. “Teacher,” they said, “command your disciples to be quiet!” 40Jesus answered, “I tell you that if they keep quiet, the stones themselves will start shouting.” –from Luke 19
Did you see that? If the people stopped praising, the stones would start to shout out. Would you allow anyone or anything else to take away from what God has called you to do?
11For God has revealed his grace for the salvation of all people. 12That grace instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this world, 13as we wait for the blessed Day we hope for, when the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ will appear. 14He gave himself for us, to rescue us from all wickedness and to make us a pure people who belong to him alone and are eager to do good. 15Teach these things and use your full authority as you encourage and rebuke your hearers. Let none of them look down on you. –from Titus 2
What if you were called to give up ungodly living and worldly passions? What if you were call to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives? Would you do it?
When you aren’t sure what to do, turn to God and God’s Word for wisdom! He promises that He will give wisdom generously and without finding fault. The Proverbs has so much wisdom in them.
18Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace. 19If you are lazy, you will meet difficulty everywhere, but if you are honest, you will have no trouble. 20Wise children make their fathers happy. Only fools despise their mothers. 21Stupid people are happy with their foolishness, but the wise will do what is right. 22Get all the advice you can, and you will succeed; without it you will fail. 23What a joy it is to find just the right word for the right occasion! 24Wise people walk the road that leads upward to life, not the road that leads downward to death. 25The Lord will destroy the homes of arrogant men, but he will protect a widow’s property. 26The Lord hates evil thoughts, but he is pleased with friendly words. 27Try to make a profit dishonestly, and you get your family in trouble. Don’t take bribes and you will live longer. 28Good people think before they answer. Evil people have a quick reply, but it causes trouble. 29When good people pray, the Lord listens, but he ignores those who are evil. 30Smiling faces make you happy, and good news makes you feel better. 31If you pay attention when you are corrected, you are wise. 32If you refuse to learn, you are hurting yourself. If you accept correction, you will become wiser. 33Reverence for the Lord is an education in itself. You must be humble before you can ever receive honors. –from Proverbs 15
Don’t be hot tempered! Don’t be lazy!