I’m constantly just picking up the pieces from other people’s mistakes.
Reference: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, (Luke 4:18 NIV)
Explore: There are times I feel my purpose in life is to carry the burdens of others. I’m not being a martyr, or meaning to be over dramatic, but sometimes it feels like I’m constantly just picking up the pieces from other people’s mistakes.
A big part of that comes from being a foster parent. While our children’s parents have not been able to take on their responsibility as primary carers, we have brought these broken children into our home.
They come with emotional scars that often last longer than their time in our home, and when this leads them to make poor choices, we are the ones to catch them as they fall. I know it’s a journey we have willingly chosen to take, but it doesn’t mean that it’s easy to endure.
Application: When Jesus read from scripture in Luke 4, He read the prophecy He was to fulfill.
Unfortunately for Jesus (although fortunately for us) His prophecy was not being “anointed to make lots of money, visit the greatest holiday destinations and settle down with a wife and 2 kids.”
He was given a greater task than this. And yet, even committed followers of Christ sell themselves out for these such desires.
If we look to scripture to see what God calls us to, there is more about humbling ourselves to the weak rather than mixing it with the strong. When you feel you are carrying the burden of the world, hand it over to Jesus with a great understanding that it’s likely you are closer to His calling than to your own.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for paving the way and showing us what it truly is to be anointed for a greater task. May we rise to the challenge and stick to the path God has gifted us for. Amen.
What are your Godly tasks to fulfil?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.