I started reading in Luke this week because I wanted to recapture some inspiration from Jesus. I feel like this is a pretty big moment in my life and I need some guidance from Him in my decision making. I like this verse:
“And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.”
This verse is talking about John the Baptist, and it literally summarizes the first 30 years of his life in one sentence. Do you know how hard that is to do? That requires that you solely focus on one thing, your life mission, for the entire duration of your life. NO DISTRACTIONS! What did John do for work? Was he ever attracted to a girl and wanted to marry her but instead had to adhere to God’s calling on his life and resist doing so? What if he wanted to move to a different city? Nope, John would have none of that.
I can’t imagine resisting all of the temptations in my life that have gotten me this far off course from God’s most ideal plan for my life. It’s actually going to be comical when I go up to heaven and see what God’s most ideal plan would have been like if I had listened to Him at every turn. Instead, here I am, and God knew I was going to be here all along.
What would the rest of your life look like if you decided to put God first and listen to Him ALWAYS? Would it be easily summarized in one sentence?
“Mark got married and lived the rest of his life as holy as he could, putting God first always and being Jesus’ hand extended wherever he went.”
Whatever your sentence may be, let it be impactful and pleasing to God.