‘As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you.’ John 20:21 NLT
Jesus said, ‘As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you.’ Notice, it’s about how God wants us to share the Gospel, not the rules, regulations, and dictates of various denominations. Understand this:
(1) We were sent to serve, not be served. ‘The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.’ (Matthew 20:28 NIV) Ever notice that when we are the last to be served at a restaurant we get angry? We think we deserve better. But in God’s Kingdom the power is at the bottom, and it’s from there Christ governs and conquers. We must come to the end of ourselves. We don’t represent Jesus unless we are willing to put on the apron of humility and wash our brother’s feet, even if his name happens to be Judas.
(2) We were sent to do God’s will, not our own. Jesus said, ‘I have come… not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me.’ (John 6:38 ESV) When we’re young and people inquire about our plans for life, we sometimes say, ‘I’d like to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a nurse.’ But we really need to add ‘the Lord willing’, because unless He’s in it, you are on your own. Choosing the wrong occupation will put you in the wrong place, with the wrong people, and consequently everything in your life will be wrong.
John said, ‘The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.’ (1 John 2:17 NIV) To miss God’s will—is to miss the purpose for which you were born. Don’t let that happen to you.
SoulFood: Jos 16:1–19:23, John 17:13–26, Ps 148:1–6, Pro 29:11–15
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023