Let’s not determine our future on nice fluffy feelings
Reference: But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” (Luke 4:43 NIV)
Explore: My husband and I have recently been discussing his place of employment. There seem to be lots of reasons why he should move on, however, the familiarity also makes him want to stay.
With our high family needs, his boss has been understanding of him taking some days off and because of the years of good work he has accomplished, they know and trust him. And there’s always some flexibility granted when you trust someone will do their job well.
However, we are aware that familiarity is not the main reason someone should base a decision upon. My husband really wants a job that stretches him, utilises the majority of his skills and makes him feel like he is positively contributing.
Application: When Jesus was in His years of ministry, He received various responses from the people who came to hear Him. Some crowds tried to kill Him, while others tried to persuade Him to stay longer.
Off the back of a threatening crowd, Jesus must have been tempted to stay with the community mentioned in Luke 4:42. They appreciated what He had done for them and wanted Him to stay.
But Jesus knew His purpose and He did not allow familiarity and popularity to deter Him.
To say we are a Christian is to aim to be like Christ. I guess here Jesus is giving us another example of how we are to live.
Let’s not determine our future on nice fluffy feelings, but know what God has called us to and be willing to take the harder road to get there.
Prayer: Lord, You showed us how to live when You walked on the earth and yet we still struggle to follow. May we know the way You have called us to, and not let comfort change our path. Amen.
What is the direction you feel you are heading in?
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.