30 for 30

Day Twentytwo

Stop

Stop what you’re doing. Quiet your heart today. Whatever distracting thoughts are flowing through your mind, try and quiet them for a few moments. Be still in God’s presence and allow His perfect love to meet you exactly where you are.

You don’t need to do anything, or even say anything. Jesus is with you, right now, in the room. Invite Him to meet with you.

Take 5 minutes in quiet pondering Jesus, thinking about Jesus and quietly inviting Him into your day.

Look

Read Matthew 21. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you. You may want to make notes, underline in your bible or journal all that God is saying.

Thought of the day

Matthew 21: 6 "The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them."

Obedience is so simple, yet so profound. Time and again throughout the Scriptures we see and hear of the God-followers following orders.

One of my favourite tv shows is the West Wing. It portrays the complex inner workings of life in the Whitehouse surrounding the President of the United States. There is a line that the staff of the President say often: ‘I serve at the pleasure of the President.’

Their job is to serve the President, to follow orders, to enact his will and vision for the nation.

Church, We serve at the pleasure of King Jesus.

He is our officer in command. He directs our path. He is sovereign over all things. He is the King of His Kingdom.

In the short lives we have we are invited by the King to partner with Him in extending His rule and reign over the Earth.

It sounds such a fearsome task, so great, with so many trials and challenges. How do we know what to do? Where do we begin?

What about by just doing as Jesus directs? Is that too simple?

Every day, responding to His voice, following His leading and chasing down His guidance. Obedience begins with listening and hearing and then involves action.

If you study the text, you’ll notice Jesus instructions to the disciples contained 3 distinct directions.

Go here. Do this. Say this.

This forms a brilliant framework for the ways God might be directing us today. Consider asking Him these questions: Where do you want me to go? What do you want me to do there? What do you want me to say to those I might meet?

It isn’t always easy; it will be scary at times and full of risk. It is sure to make us unpopular and cause us to make difficult decisions.

But don’t forget – we serve at the pleasure of the President of the Universe.

Pray

Today take some time to ask the Lord what He wants you to do? Who does He want you to speak to? Is there anything you need to change about your life? How could you fully submit to the Lordship of Jesus today?

Live

Today as you work and move and live – try and keep your eyes and ears open to what the Lord might be saying. Ask those 3 questions. Step out and take risks.