“Go your way…”

– Luke 10:3

In our service to God, we find one constant truth, our Lord is diverse in His ways. What was right and sure in one season may completely change in the next. We often discover there are purposes and training in variety. It is, therefore, imperative that we are careful with patterns of ministry. After all, who would want to limit God? His Word declares, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth…” (Isaiah 43:18-19).

While having breakfast on the seashore, Peter was restored and once again in fellowship with Jesus. During their conversation, Peter is told that he would be a martyr for the Gospel. As Peter saw John, he inquired about John’s future. Firmly yet gracefully, Jesus replies, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me” (John 21:22). It was not Peter’s concern about what John’s ministry would be. Jesus reminded him that the official call and life-purpose must be to please God and Him alone. It has been well said that “Many Christian service failures arise from disciples’ being more occupied with one another than with the Lord Himself.” Many of us, as Christian’s confess daily that this is a source of constant struggle.

The Messiah’s instruction to the seventy was to go their way. They were to take no supplies and trust the Lord to protect them and provide for basic necessities. It was in this same fashion that the Lord sent out the twelve. It was a season of missionary training and learning to rely upon God for provisions. However, the pattern for future ministry would change. Jesus eventually sent them out with plenty (Luke 22:36). With Paul, they could undoubtedly proclaim with confidence, “…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11-13).

Christian enterprise is living solely to please God and fulfill His official calling on our lives. Every gift, talent, and blessing must be managed to give Him honor and glorify His name. If I am continually looking at others’ paths, I may miss God’s personal command to “go your way.” May it be our aim today to be on the authored road that God has planned for each of us individually.

“Creativity is part of God’s image in man, and it is meant to find expression in an enterprising style of life as we look for ways to show gratitude to God. Love will always ask whether more can be done to please, and more neighbor-love, more service of other’s needs, will always be a major part of the answer.”

– J. I. Packer

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