Showers of Wednesday Blessings to you all, i do hope you are all enjoying the midweek.Enjoy my continuation on my series on Divine calling;
"SOME WISDOM LESSONS FROM OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND HIS DIVINE CALLING"
Our Master, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ knew what he was born to accomplish. He discovered and started doing it at a very early age. He developed a passion for doing what he was born to do and taught daily in the temple.
Luke 2:39:50 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
The Boy Jesus at the Temple
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Luke 19:47 And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him.
Matthew 26:55. In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize me.
Jesus was also blessed doing what He was born to be doing, contrary to some false teachings Our Lord Jesus Christ was not a poor man. The proof that he was blessed is found in the fact that He had a treasurer (Judas) who was also stealing money from his treasury.
John 12:1-6. Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
Our Lord Jesus Christ never allowed the devil to distract him with all his temptations. He was focused, he knew who he was in God and He knew how to use the Word to defeat the devil.
Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
We would also face a lot of distractions while in our journey of our calling but we should never allow the enemy and his distractions to make us lose our focus, our stance and our calling/relationship with God.
Jesus did all He had to do in his obedience first to his earthly parents at the young age: God rewarded him with wisdom.
Luke2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.
He did not disrespect his earthly and heavenly parents. He waited until age of thirty and his appointed timing before starting his ministerial calling. Same way we ought to be obedient to God, our earthly and spiritual fathers. We should not step out a little bit too early or too late, the calling is always attached with times and seasons, once we are obedient and honest with God and our fellow men ,things will fall in line and in our favor.
Jesus fully obeyed God even to the death on the cross, went to hell and resurrected on the third day so we can live a victorious life. We too in our individual lives, have to obey God fully not partially not just when it is convenient for us to obey .Just like our Master Jesus, we may also have to go through some tough Fridays and Saturdays before we get to our resurrection Sundays.
Calling requires a lot of hard work,training prayers, and steadfastness with God, long-suffering, patience and endurance.Luke2:46-52 after three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you. ”Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house? But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
It is God that does the calling not man and He alone takes the honor not man.
Hebrews 5:4 and no one take this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.
2 Timothy 1:9 who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
God himself distributes the calling not man.
Ephesians 4:1-2 as a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:11-14 Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
The calling eventually brings us to a place of maturity in God.
God calls us regardless of whom we think we are what we think we can do or cannot do and He never changes his mind on us even if we choose to go in another direction or course for our lives.
Romans 11:29 for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
The Holy Spirit in us leads us by his Spirit but we have to make a free will choice on moving and doing or not to move and do. God does not manipulate a person to do things for him, that’s the devil’s tool; manipulation, deception and trickery are weapons of the devil not God’s way at all. God desires for us to be willing to yield unto his calling and bidding on our own volition .He never forces his will on us.
The Calling may require many times of being alone with God, spending time with God, separation and consecration. As we make a habit of spending time with God, He will reveal the hidden things to us, he will also reveal some characters of the flesh in us from which we have to change from, these processes will place demands of shifting, moving and transformation necessary before God can use us in the level of what and where He wants to use us .The anointing of God comes with great responsibility and God will only release as much as we can bear at the level we are with him. The more closer we get to him, the more mature we begin to get in Spiritual things and the more God can trust us with bigger responsibilities/anointing. Remember God cares and loves us too much so He will only give to us what will be a blessing to us and not a burden to us.
To whom much is given much is expected.
Luke 12;48 b From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
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