Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Prophetic Focus

 
Prophetic Focus
 
When you have a destiny rooted in prophetic significance, you do not let
human sentiment get in the way of the truth you know
 
 
 
     When someone or something for example Israel and by extension the church has a call rooted in prophetic significance-that is one in which their call is historically situated in the coming expiration of the end of this age, it can be a challenge to ignore the background noise of the world and the pull of this issue and that issue.  Jesus might term this the cares of world and some of these cares might even be legitimate ones. Lets take for example John the Baptist.  John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus and he was also his cousin.  He knew who Jesus was and described him as one whose sandals he was not fit to carry. (Matthew 3:11).  Apparently John had disciples and I have always been curious as to why John never became Jesus’s disciple once he began his ministry.  I do not have an answer to that, but one thing is obvious and that is John was still doing his work even as Jesus was doing his.  This can be seen when John is arrested by Herod for telling him it was unlawful for him to be married to his brother’s wife.  John sent a message to Jesus via his disciples while he was in prison and asked him, “Are you the one who was to come,” or should we expect someone else? (Matthew 11:2).

     Jesus’ responded, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.” (v. 4-6).  Evidently, John was expecting Jesus to rescue him from prison and perhaps he even thought that what Jesus should be doing was addressing the political leaders and issues of his day in expectation of him ascending to the throne of Israel.  Jesus lets him know that he was doing what he was suppose to be doing and his call was not to politics of the worldly kind.  But if Jesus had been unsure of what his task was he may have left what he was doing to intervene on John’s behalf.  He let him know what the kingdom of heaven was about and it wasn’t about addressing political ills and all its various issues.

     In life there is always this problem and that problem, this issue and that issue, the kingdom of men is full of them.  I have no doubt Jesus was emotionally torn about John, but even the pull of human emotions could not pull him away from the task of his call because Jesus very destiny was mired in prophetic significance.  His destiny was completely wrapped up in advancing the kingdom of heaven against the kingdom of darkness and ultimately making an open show of them.  He knew he had to take care of the spiritual aspect of the bondage of sin before any natural restoration of the kingdom of Israel could occur. When Jesus heard that John had been beheaded he withdrew by boat privately to a private place. (Matt 14:13). I can fathom with the little time that he had that he shed more than a few tears.

     It is not easy to have a call of prophetic significance.  There is a sacrifice of things everyday people do not have to endure, but I attribute Jesus’ ability to ignore the weedy, clamoring issues of the world to the fact that he was not under the auspices of Satan and his kingdom and his prayer life.  He was never moved by the need for possessions, money, food, work etc.  None of the natural requirements of life could deter him from his mission because he demonstrated on numerous occasions that he was the master of his environment.


1 comment:

  1. Spirituality can be self fulfilling if you believe in the Most High. These days people throw spirituality around like one changes clothes and in the same breath, who are people really praising? When these so-called celebrities and normal people as well, say they thank God, which God are they actually referring to? I believe in the Most High,the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End and all things were created by God alone. There is no other force on earth beside God's love and mercy. Love for all the good things that happen in life and mercy for shielding you from the bad things. Guidance and Protection...

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