John 20:16 Knowing When He Calls You

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). John 20:16

In today’s society most people have a cell phone. One of the advantages of a cell phone is that when someone calls the phone can usually identify who is calling. This helps when one cannot see the person calling.

Hearing a person call in person is much easier to identify who is calling. Although in a large crowd, some will not always recognize the voice of a friend calling, unless it is a close friend that is well known.

After Jesus rose from the dead and before everyone knew about it, He had met up with Mary. At first she did not recognize Him until He called her name, then she knew who He was.

Couples who have been married for many years have learned to recognize each other’s voice, even in a large crowd. This is just like mother’s who can recognize their child’s cry in a room full of little children all calling at the same time.

The only reason people can recognize the other’s call is because they have spent time with the person and know that person very well. They know the voice of those who are close to them.

Believers who have spent time in prayer and communication with God will recognize His voice when He speaks. This is something that does not happen over night, but over a long period of time of a building of the relationship.

One should strive to build his relationship with God so closely that he knows as much as possible about God and will always recognize His voice. God is willing and ready to speak, but His people need to know His voice and be listening for it.

As a believer you should desire to be led by God in every area of your life. In order for this to occur, you must be able to recognize God’s voice when He is calling you.

He will call you to tell you what to do next, guiding every step and action. There will be times when He will also call you to stop you from an action.

Throughout your life there will be many other voices calling to you to lead you into sin. Listen for God’s voice and follow what He says. It is the best path for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s voice when He calls; that you will be listening to hear God speak; and that you will obey what God is telling you.

John 2:5 Do What He Says

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5

In the military and in many businesses, there are people who are to be obeyed, almost regardless of what they say. Overall they will tell others what to do that is right and legal and are expected to be obeyed without question.

The reason for obeying them is that they have the authority to tell other what to do and because they can see the bigger picture of what is going on. When people obey them, the results are most often much better.

Jesus was at a wedding that was having some problems. His mother tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do.

Workers on the bottom of the leadership pole hear many guidelines or commands as to what they are to do. Sometimes those commands do not make any sense, in fact, they look and sound disastrous, yet they are to be obeyed. God works in the same way with those who follow Him.

There are times when God tells His people to do things that do not make sense: speak to a rock to get water, march around a city silently to take it down, serve water as though it was wine, or go to a cross and die to save others.

Since Jesus walked on the earth, God has not changed. He still asks His followers to do things that do not make sense in the common, sinful mind. He still expects those who believe in Jesus to obey completely, without question or hesitation.

Even when things do not make sense to a person, God is in control and knows what He is doing. God does a great job at working out things in the bigger picture with His miraculous intervention.

As you walk with God, there will be times when He will ask you to do something that appears to be insane. Instead of questioning it or rejecting His word, do it.

Step out in faith and do what He says to do and see how He works it out in the end. God can and is willing to do great and mighty things through you, if you will allow Him too.

Do not be afraid, but know that God never fails. He can pull off the impossible through you, if you just obey Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear what God is telling you to do; that you will obey God’s every word to you; that you will not question what God says; and that you will trust God with your whole life.

Luke 2:1, 3 God Uses Situations To Fulfill His Will

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register. Luke 2:1, 3

Unexpected situations happen in the lives of people on a regular basis. Very few people actually enjoy these situations when they occur.

These situations are a disruption in their life and can often be costly and time consuming. Along with those things they are often uncomfortable. It can cause a change in plans and desires very quickly, yet must be dealt with.

One some day, Caesar Augustus suddenly decides to have a census taken of everyone in his empire. This caused everyone to have to travel back to their hometowns.

Some people probably still lived in their hometown, so it did not mean much to them. Others, however, lived far away and it meant some long distance traveling. For one couple, Marry and Joseph, they lived a good distance away and she was also very pregnant. Yet, they still had to make the trip.

In the end this trip caused Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, not Nazareth, as the prophecies had claimed.

Although most people are not a part of some grand prophecy, God still has a plan for their lives. In order for God to fulfill His plan for their lives, sometimes He has to move them down a different path than what they are on. This can often mean some discomfort and disruption in life.

God may cause a car to break down on the way to work, so that the believer can be a witness to a mechanic or towing person. One may lose a job, so that he gets another job in order to be a witness to a new group of people.

Disruptions can occur all the time, but God uses them for His purpose in the lives of His people. Every believer must be willing to see what God’s will is in every situation.

As you are going through life, there will be disruptions in your plans. Seek God’s Spirit to know what He wants you to do. Ask why He is moving you down a different path and how you can use it to His glory.

These situations may be for your growth or for you to help someone else to grow in the Lord or to come to the Lord.

Are you willing to be used or will you grumble and complain?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s hand in your life; that you will see God’s plan for your life; that you will allow yourself to be used by God; and that you will work to build God’s kingdom on this earth.

Luke 1:30 You Have Found Favor

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. Luke 1:30

People love to have favor with famous or people in high positions. In their minds it gives them a special status or position.

In the workplaces, many desire that favor so that they can get higher positions or higher pay. Others desire that favor to keep them out of trouble or to allow them to get by with things that they should not do. Some will go to great lengths to gain some favor, including trying to bribe to get it.

An angel came to Mary with a message from God. As Mary was scared of what was happening, the Angel said that she had found favor with God.

It is common for people to think that Mary was someone special to get God’s favor upon her. However, she was a human being with sins, just like every one else is. The difference is with the heart. Mary was willing to follow and obey God, no matter how crazy it appeared to be.

Every person has a chance to be favored by God. People live in sin, but God sent His Son to die for them and save them. Although every one deserves extreme eternal punishment, God is willing to give them favor and remove those sins. He is willing to send His Holy Spirit to live in each person to lead and guide the person, and give him strength to do what needs to be done.

This is greater favor than any person on this earth can give any other person. It is a favor that brings life, and not just life, but eternal life.

No one has to fear God, if he is willing to repent and follow Jesus. Jesus has brought people God’s favor.

You may wonder if God even knows who you are. He does and He has given you great favor. Instead of punishing you for your sins and crushing you, He is willing to forgive you and build you up.

God may not call you to carry His Son, but He has a work for you to do for Him. He has a special assignment just for you that no one else can do. That is His great favor.

Do not be afraid of God, but embrace Him and what He has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s favor towards you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know what God wants you to do; and that you will serve God with all of your life.