Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 5, 2015
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28, NKJV
I have to be reminded from time to time that I am on mission with God. I forget my heavenly Father has placed me on earth to be on purpose for heaven. I get so busy doing life that I have to pause and reengage the Way, the Truth and the Life—Jesus. In 2008 I was frantic as we faced a severe economic downturn. Fortunately I had a board of trusted directors who provided me much needed perspective. When circumstances swirl out of my control—my mission for the Lord is meant to be just as meaningful or more so. Yes, I am on mission to love God and to love people.
Jesus was a few short breaths away from death. He knew the fulfillment of His life was at hand. The One who offered living water to thirsty souls writhed with agonizingly parched lips—longing to be back home in heaven. Now that His purpose on earth had been accomplished He thirsted to be back with the Father. Step by step our Savior fulfilled the Scripture that spoke of His birth (Micah 5:2), His life (Isaiah 61:1), His suffering (Psalm 69:21) and His salvation (Zechariah 9:9). A life fulfilled by faithfulness rests in the loving care of its heavenly Father.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
Are you on mission with your Master Christ Jesus? Perhaps He is moving you out of your comfort zone to comfort another. Boldness may be the next step in a relationship you have constantly invested in. They need a dose of reality. An indicator of being on mission with the Lord is the feeling of resistance to what’s right. God’s will assumes tension. There is a push to move forward in faith and a pull to pause and pray. Do both. Some days your thirsty soul will only taste bitter gall, but by faith—wash it down with the living water of Jesus. Be on purpose.
We are on purpose with God when our purposes are His. Christ brings clarity to His ways—when we don’t stand in His way. Much better to be on mission with our Master, without much—than to be off mission, with a lot. Our heavenly Father gives us all we need in each phase of life to accomplish His will. Keep in mind the big picture of our big God. We stay focused in arduous seasons of plowing, planting and cultivating. Fruit that endures comes in God’s time—not ours. Thus, we remain faithful to a prayerful process. We trust God to accomplish His will through us!
“This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men” (Titus 3:8).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the courage to stay the course with Christ. Keep me on purpose.
Related Readings: Psalm 12:1; Joel 2:23; John 17:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 1 Peter 5:12
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