Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 11, 2018
Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here…. “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. Mark 11:1-2, 5-6
What is Jesus asking you to do? Where is He asking you to go? Clarity from Christ gives you the confidence and the courage to move forward by faith. The enemy attempts to keep you in a state of ambiguity, unsure and unaccountable to God’s will, but Christ’s commands are clear, waiting for you to take the next right step and trust Him with what another person might say or do. When a friend asks “why” you decided to do what you did, you can say with humility, you are seeking to follow what your heavenly Father tells you to do. Faith instantly obeys the word of God.
The disciples of Jesus were animated over what might be happening: Jesus was riding into the holy city of Jerusalem to humbly proclaim the Kingdom of God, as predicted by the prophet Zechariah. Indeed, total clarity would come after His resurrection when their Lord was glorified and ascended into heaven. To the disciples credit they boldly moved forward after their Master Jesus gave them their instructions. No stuttering or distractions, only laser beam focus on following the words of Jesus, and when questioned, calmly responded with Christ’s explanation.
The disciples knew to do what Jesus said to do, and by faith they experienced God’s favor.
“Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die”(John 12:31-33).
Are you motivated by growing your kingdom or the Kingdom of God? Be assured the Lord has defeated the prince of this world, through Jesus the Prince of Peace. His perfect peace will guard your heart and mind on His next assignment for you in your imperfect world, so rest in the reality of His presence. You may be surprised by the prior preparations in the hearts of those who may question your mission, as past adversaries may become present advocates, so be bold to go where you have not been before. Be faithful with the mundane work, and anticipate God’s work.
Listen intently to the words of the Lord, lean closely into the calm of Christ, so you know where to go and what to do under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Apply your experiences and expertise with the love of Jesus working through you, and He will work with you to draw others to Himself. What Jesus is telling you to do may not initially be what you want to do, but be patient and trust Him to change you or your assignment. Let love lead your steps of service.
“God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
PrayerHeavenly Father, may Your Spirit discern for me Your speech over other competing voices, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationWhat has the Lord shown me to do through His Word that requires my immediate attention?
Related ReadingMark 10:21; John 14:21, 15:9; Acts 5:29; 2 Timothy 4:10
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