Today's lead Word is from Mark 2:14 NKJV and this was Jesus who was passing by after He taught a great multitude;
14. As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me."
Often times, we have questions about our future, our personal goals, what we should be or should not be doing. In the above text, Jesus was at the beginning of His ministry and selecting His disciples. He chose Levi as one of them. However, we must also recognize the fact that Levi was willing and obedient to heed to the call of the Lord to follow Him. Earlier on, Jesus had chosen two brothers as His disciples, that is Simon and Andrew who were both fishermen. He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." (Mark 1:17). Despite their work as fishermen, following Jesus clearly gave them a more defined and meaningful purpose for their lives. The disciples obedience to follow Jesus Christ was impactful and this is the reason their testimony is still relevant today to inspire and encourage us of the great work of God. For example, after Jesus' death, the church was seen to multiply and one day as Simon Peter was preaching, 3000 (three thousand) people were saved (Acts 2:41). Friend, we cannot live a life outside God. God's desire is for us to welcome Him into all parts of our lives and not just seasonally or for those areas we only wish for Him to be involved in. Jeremiah 1:5 says that God knew us before we were formed in our mother's wombs. The beginning of finding our purpose is not outside in the world's trends and defintions of purpose. It is realizing that only Our Creator, God, gives us purpose. This does not mean that God specifically wants everyone in ministry but He desires that we at least have His consciousness (found in His Word) as a foundation in everything we do there by making us His good representatives. This is because only through Him shall we be able to know His will concerning our lives which undoubtedly leads us to our purpose as He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
The Bible continues to remind us in Jeremiah 29:11 that "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Are there times when disappointments, opposition and trials will come along our way, yes! This is because the enemy is always at work fighting God's people who know their purpose. However, be encouraged as Jesus defeated the devil on the cross and the LORD is more than well equipped to defend, protect and save you, His loved one, with His mighty hand. Therefore, if the situation or circumstance you are going through does not reflect God's glory, then God is not yet done because He is still at work for our well-being if we shall continue trusting in Him. Apostle Paul in Romans 8:28 reminds us that "all things work together for those who love God and are called according to His purpose".
I end with this Word in Psalms 127:1 NKJV
"Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain."
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we ask for the consistent faith, courage and obedience to know You and involve You in all aspects of our lives because we recognize that we cannot do life without You. May Your purpose manifest and be revealed to us in the different areas of our careers, finances, time, parenting, marriages, businesses, ministry, etc. LORD we desire to have Your presence as a secure foundation over every area of our lives because we don't want to build anything in vain. We choose to trust You as our secure and firm foundation. As Your representatives, may You build and establish the work of our hands in everything we do In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Thank you LORD.