It is late and I am a bit tired after a long day, but I just had to write this before I forgot it. It speaks to me and I hope it speaks to someone out there in blog world too.
So He came to Nazareth, [that Nazareth] where He had been brought up, and He entered the synagogue, as was His custom on the Sabbath day. And He stood up to read. And there was handed to Him [the roll of] the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened (unrolled) the book and found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound]. Then He rolled up the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were gazing [attentively] at Him. And He began to speak to them: Today this Scripture has been fulfilled while you are present and hearing. And all spoke well of Him and marveled at the words of grace that came forth from His mouth; and they said, Is not this Joseph’s Son? So He said to them, You will doubtless quote to Me this proverb: Physician, heal Yourself! What we have learned by hearsay that You did in Capernaum, do here also in Your [own] town.
Then He said, Solemnly I say to you, no prophet is acceptable and welcome in his [own] town (country). But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were closed up for three years and six months, so that there came a great famine over all the land; And yet Elijah was not sent to a single one of them, but only to Zarephath in the country of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and yet not one of them was cleansed [by being healed]—but only Naaman the Syrian. When they heard these things, all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage. Luke 4:16-28
They didn’t receive Him, or recognize Him, because all they could see was the man who used to be a boy in their home town. He didn’t fit the description of who they thought the Messiah would be.
Have you ever stared truth in the face and not believe it because it seemed too simple?
This is what I heard this evening as this scripture came to my remembrance.
God does not need mans approval for who He chooses to call. He calls whoever He wills. He does not see as man does. We are reminded of this in 1 Samuel 16:7, But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
You have been given a gift, a calling, a purpose, a vision… it is time to stir that gift up. Dust it off and step out in boldness and do what God has called you to do. You have been listening far too long to the voice of defeat, discouragement, distraction, and fear.
When you step out there will be nay-sayers. There will be people who will say, “Who do you think you are?! We know you and we know where you are from.”
Jesus clearly told his disciples, when you go into a town and they do not receive you, they are rejecting Me, dust your shoes off and leave. The calling you have on your life, your ministry, is far more important than what people think about you. Your gift is bigger than you, more important than you, and it is for His purpose. Protect your calling. Guard the vision. Boldly proclaim His word.
So what if you do not have that degree. So what if you didn’t go to Bible College. So what if you don’t have a pulpit. There are still streets and byways. If the church will not receive you, take it to the streets. Even Jesus Himself said, the people who are well do not need a physician. Let them be well in their own eyes.
I don’t know about you, but I have had it with the enemy trying to shut me down. I have had it with him sending people I love to speak curses to me instead of blessings. I have had it with even my own thoughts, being afraid and intimidated. I was not created to sit on the sidelines, and neither were you.
You fall down, you get back up. Do not stay down.
From the foundation of the world He knew you and He called you. Take the step and let Him do the rest. Don’t be afraid, He is with you. And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well. Mark 16:17-18
Do not cry over the “what ifs,” “could haves,” “should haves,” and “buts.” Your past does not define your future.
Here, Lord, here am I. Send me.