Have you ever had an urgency to do something? What drove that urgency?
For those who belong to the Lord, that urgency should come from Him. We should not act upon our own fears or uncertainties – but we often do. There should be a basis of a relationship with God that we know where He wants us to be, and that we are doing what we should be doing. Sometimes He will place something of importance in front of us that we need to take care of now. Most often, it is just the regular day by day as we follow Him as He leads. There are many things of this world that will affect that day to day consistency if we allow them. That is something of which we must be keenly aware.
One can’t help but think back to the time right before Jesus was to be crucified. He gave his disciples some much needed final instruction. He knew that it would be different for them – for He would no longer be physically walking with them. They would need to know what was happening and what to do. One very interesting thing we can find is found in John 17. There was so much on Jesus’ mind. He knew the day for which he had come had finally arrived: the day that He would willingly lay down his perfect, sinless life to pay the penalty for all of sinful mankind – if only they would believe.
He went to the garden to pray. He knew the day was at hand, and He knew there was one final thing He had to complete. At the beginning of His prayer, He recalled why God had sent Him into the world, and he acknowledged that He had completed the things God hand sent Him to do. But that only encompassed the first five verses. The rest of the chapter, through verse twenty-six, Jesus prayed for others. He prayed for His disciples that had walked and talked with Him, for they were about to face the world without Jesus’ physical presence to be with them. All together different than the previous three years had been! But He prayed that God would help them remember the Words that they had been taught, “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me” (John 17:8). He had told them what they needed to know to continue. He understood that trouble would come, but that God would be with them, encourage them, and help them, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). The disciples still had work to do. They were to tell the world what Jesus had come to do, establishing the foundation of the church and its doctrines.
But the one amazing thing that has always encouraged me is that Jesus knew that one day I would believe in Him, giving my life to Him. He knew that I, too, would need encouragement. “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word” (John 17:20). He knew that I must understand that He placed me here for a purpose, to fulfill His will for my life, and that I needed to act upon that – not what I want. Jesus was right where God wanted Him. He had done it all, with one final job to compete: He had to lay down His life and take it up again. I will never have such an important job to complete – no one ever will! But each person that belongs to Jesus has a job to fulfill. It is important to be wise enough to understand that. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Read what else He prayed – for each Believer: “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). One day I will be with Him in heaven, but until then, I need to be right were Jesus was – right in the midst of the plan God had for His life.
Are you in the midst of the plan God has for your life?