I would like to wish you a very happy new year!
I believe that God has so much in store for us this year. As I have shared with some of you already, the word that God has put on my heart for this year is “Bursting Boarders” (cf. 1 Chronicles 4:10). God wants to do in and through you great and amazing things this year. He wants to take you beyond your limitations. He wants to show forth his power and glory through your weaknesses and limitations. He wants you to believe his word and promises. He is waiting for you to pray bold prayers. He is waiting for you to ask him of nations (Psalms 2:8). I believe that this year is going to be a very exciting one for me and all those who will choose to believe in God and his promises.
I also believe that what will distinguish us from the rest is how we set our priorities. Let me share with you a scripture which I believe has an important principle that will definitely change your life—for the better—this year. It is a principle that will singularly enable you to burst your boarders if you choose to follow what it teaches.
It is in Luke 10:38-42
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”” (NIV).
Jesus Christ was good at doing things in unconventional ways. He was not the kind who accepted his mission to be defined by the cultural and religious molds of his time. He touched lepers when everyone shunned them, he accepted prostitutes and gave them meaningful life, and he welcomed women on his ministry team. It’s no wonder that he accepted to be hosted by a woman this time round and accepted another one to sit as a disciple—something that was unheard of at that time.
I believe that Mary’s action—sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to him—expresses a basic principle of life. If you want to succeed in life, your love and devotion for God has to be the first priority. A life of distractions can be very stressful. The problem is that it is really easy to be distracted—even by good things. But if we are to live successful lives, we have to have our priorities right. The most important thing in our lives is our relationship with God. Again, if you want to succeed in life, your love and devotion for God has to be the first priority. Like, Mary we must be so hungry for God’s presence, His word and power that everything else becomes secondary. To be able to put first things first, we must be aware of the distractions.
Think about it this way: If God really knows what is best for us wouldn’t spending more time with him be the best thing for us to do? This means that our prayer times, study of God’s Word and being in environments that enable us to be in God’s presence have to be well planned for and given priority in our lives.
I pray that knowing Jesus intimately will be what really counts in your life. I pray that people who hear you, people who see you, people who rub shoulders with you will sense something unique with your life. I pray that they will smell the fragrance of being in the presence of Jesus. I pray that your other plans will be sanctioned by the Lord because you will have spent enough time in His presence to hear and sense what he wants you to do.
Happy New Year!