Very early in life, Jesus knew the difference between His fleshly and heavenly fathers and whose agenda He chose to follow above all else. He was both spirit-filled and spirit-led. Just before He began His active ministry, He was tempted by the devil with food to satisfy His physical hunger (He had been fasting), and He was offered power and authority He did not yet have. He still chose to look at the Father and what the Father wanted Him to do and be, and He rejected satan’s attempts to stop His ministry even before it started. Turn to Matthew 4 for more details.
God wants your choice to be as clear as Jesus’ was. May you ask Him to remove all doubt and obstacles to your being about His business.
Scripture: Luke 3:49
And He said to them, “Why is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
Father God, thanks for calling me to be part of Your kingdom and work. Teach me to become more like Jesus so I can follow Him to be and do what You called me to be and do. Help me to let go of the things that block my spiritual growth. And help me to embrace the thoughts and feelings that will make me a successful disciple. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. Have you ever faced a choice where one seemed easily handed to you on a silver platter and the other required personal diligence and perhaps pain and sacrifice? Which did you choose?
2. Just how important is the kingdom of God to you? Is it worth giving up your physical life if necessary?
3. Have you ever been so hungry and thirsty to learn about God and all that He is that all other things faded into the background?
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