Written By Ben Dankaka
Meditation – John 7:16-19
One day, as Jesus was teaching at the Feast of Tabernacles, the Jews who heard Him were impressed. Then they asked, “How did this man get such learning without having studied?” In His reply, Jesus said His teachings were not His own but of God. He explained that if anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether His teaching comes from God or whether He spoke on His own. The people were confused. Actually, Jesus intended to make His critics understand that His teachings were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Because He was sent by God His teachings didn’t come from Him. He wanted them to know that it is the sender who owns the message, and not the messenger. And He needed them to realize that if they could abide by God’s will they would also have the same experience. In other words, if they did what God wanted them to do, they would no longer do things their own way. For whomever does God’s will brings honor to God and not to himself.
To succeed in any leadership position, find out what God wants you to do. God may not ask you to be an expert teacher like Jesus. But He would certainly give you a leadership task intended to bring honor to Him. When you choose to do God’s will, He will partner with you and surely equip you with the right tools. He would inspire you with the right ideas that would enable you fulfill your purpose. Today, Jesus wants you to know that when you work for the honor of the Father, He will give you revelations on how to fulfill your assignment. People will look at you and be amazed at your work because the God you serve does amazing things.
Prayer: Dear Lord, use me for your own purposes. Amen.
REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Job 7:16–19; Acts 22:14; Ephesians 5:17
Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.
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