Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
(John 13:3-4 NKJV)
Jesus knew his Father had given all things into his hands. He knew who he was. He knew that he was the Word, and had been with God from the beginning. He knew why he had come to this earth.
Even though the religious people of his day refused to accept the truth, he knew he was the long-awaited Messiah, of whom the prophets had spoken. He knew the time had come for him to fulfil his purpose and return to God.
Jesus was confident about his origins, his authority and his remit. You could say that he was confident in his own skin!
As a purpose-driven achiever do I remember my origins? Do I know my remit? Am I confident about the authority I’ve been given as Christ’s disciple? Am I confident about my rights, my salvation benefits package, as an heir of God?
Since I say I am a child of God, a disciple of Christ, has this made a difference to how I encounter and engage with the world?
Has it made a difference to you?
Jesus continued to claim he was the Son of God, even though the Pharisees, Scribes and Sadducees did not believe him, rejected him, and were intent on killing him.
What was Jesus’ response?
Was he shaken? Did he question whether or not he had heard God correctly? Did he wonder whether he really was the Messiah because if that is the case, why did his own people and the religious leaders despise and hate him?
Have you experienced doubts about who you are, as a person, as a child of God?
Are you asking yourself the wrong questions?
As purpose-driven believers, how do we relate to those who mock and persecute us? How do we relate to ourselves? How do we relate to God?
Do we listen to the lies and taunts of Satan, our enemy, or do we look into the Word of God and remember who, and whose we are?
Let’s remember the words and commandments of Christ and allow those words to seep into our soul, to shape our reality. Let’s not meditate upon or give undue weight to the rejection of our peers, the insecurity of our own selves, or respond to the goads of the Enemy: (Did God say…? – If you are a child of God… – Face it, you’re a failure!).
Let us remember our God-given authority. We’ve been told to take dominion. So, are you ruling? Not bullying. Not dominating. Not lording it over others. But ruling.
Ruling over your appetites. Ruling over your tendencies to be slothful, or procrastinate. Ruling over thoughts and negative mind-sets. Ruling over your fears.
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit
Is like a city broken down, without walls.
(Proverbs 25:28 NKJV)
A city whose walls and boundaries have broken down, is a city that is vulnerable to an attack from enemies. Remember Jericho?
So don’t make yourself vulnerable to attack from the Enemy. Take dominion by steering your life along God’s Highway of Holiness!
And what about those areas of influence around you? What about your circle of influence? Are you ruling, or conforming? Are you ruling or subjecting self to immobilising fears, debilitating weaknesses, besetting sins?
The Easter season is a time when we look closely at what Jesus did for us in choosing to subject himself to death on a cross. He is the ultimate purpose-driven achiever.
As a child of God, do you know yourself in the same way Jesus knew himself? Do you know, in your heart and experience (not just in your head) that you are related to God, that he is committed to you, and has a plan and purpose for your life?
Are you au fait with all that Father-God has given into your hands?
Are you confident that when your course in this life is over, you will go to God?
There’s a song sung by Diana Ross which goes:
Do you know where you are going to?
Do you know what life is showing you?
Do you know?
So, let me ask you again – do you know?
I sincerely hope so!
Wishing all my readers a Happy Easter!
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
Author of: Petitions From My Heart
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