Luke 10:38-40 – “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”‘
Many people have their own ideas about what they want to do for God, and this is why they keep drifting off in the wrong direction. It is easy to become preoccupied in doing things for God rather than doing what God has specifically told us to do.
Nowhere in the story does it say that Jesus was hungry. It says just that Martha went about preparing food for Jesus. God doesn’t want us to start anything, including doing good works for Him, until we consult Him. This is because He doesn’t want us to work “for” Him, but “with” Him in partnership. We are God’s fellow workers or workers together with Him.
2 Corinthians 6:1 – “Laboring together as God’s fellow workers with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain.”
WHEN GOD REVEALS TO ME THE ASSIGNMENT THAT I WAS BORN TO FULFILL, I PRIORITIZE MY LIFE IN KEEPING WITH THAT VISION.
I DECIDE HOW MANY OF THE THINGS THAT I AM CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ARE BENEFICIAL TO MY DREAM.
THERE ARE SOME GOOD PEOPLE IN MY LIFE WHO ARE “BAD” FOR ME BECAUSE THEY’RE DISTRACTING ME FROM GOING WHERE I WANT TO GO.
THERE ARE SOME GOOD BOOKS IN MY HOUSE THAT ARE WRONG FOR ME BECAUSE THEY TAKE MY FOCUS OFF MY GOAL.
MY VISION PROTECTS ME FROM BEING MISGUIDED BY GOOD ALTERNATIVES – IT ALLOWS ME TO SAY NO TO LESSER OPPORTUNITIES, EVEN IF THERE ARE CERTAIN BENEFITS TO THEM.
“He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” – Ezekiel 37:3 NASB
This scripture asks the question, “…can these bones become living people again?” The word living does not only mean to come back to life after being physically dead, it also applies to brokenness, a dying dream, a losing struggle, and times of hopelessness and despair in any area of our lives. To live means to be refreshed, rejuvenated, revived, or to be given the promise of life. It also means to be restored or renewed—or simply to be made whole again.
Just as the wind breathed new life into the dry bones from the Ezekiel passage, God wants to resurrect our spirits as well. He wants to welcome us into His living presence and impart that same resurrection life to us, breathing new life into the dead places in our lives. And while some may come along and say, “God can’t use us,” God is saying otherwise.
“Therefore, prophesy and say unto them, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O My people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.” – Ezekiel 37:12
Micah 2:13 – “The breaker goes up before them; They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, And the LORD at their head.”
God, the breaker, goes before us and breaks open the way. Something compels God into action to open those gates — faith coupled with obedience. Faith opens the gate of heaven. When heaven’s gate opens, what is in heaven comes down to earth: health, boldness, peace, love, grace, glory, revelation, strategy and all the rest of the kingdom of God.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY