23rd, December 2016
Luke 5:15 & 16
But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
The man Jesus was on a mission with a defined calendar. He knew He had roughly three and half years to go from city preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, healing the sick, delivering the demonised and setting the captives free. He was working against the clock and with each passing day, He had less time to help the people and train His disciples, before He gets crucified. All these were very much in the heart of Jesus whilst He was on earth; that once he said ‘I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work’ (John 9:4). Yet we see many times in the gospels, how that He withdrew from the people to pray or fellowship with the Father. Despite His busy schedule, He never missed fellowship He knew that was the root and heart of His operation. “The Son can do nothing of himself”, He once said, “but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel” (John 5:19 & 20).
Often, when work increases and jobs becomes more demanding, the first thing that get thrown out is fellowship with the Father. Some get to the extent where not only personal fellowship is neglected but even fellowship with the brethren. We need not be told that any job that keeps us away from fellowship with the Father is either the wrong job or it is being done wrongly. But we must never forget that work is first spiritual before it is physical, because it was brought into existence by the Father’s (spiritual) spoken Word. It is not only the ministers of the gospel that need and depend on fellowship for effective performance of their jobs. Every member of the Kingdom depends on fellowship for effective living (assignments/jobs inclusive).Fellowship with the Father is what gives value to following the rules of work of the Kingdom; because the fastest runner doesn’t always win the race. It is not about the principles it is about (knowing and being one with the) Spirit behind the principles.
Fellowship with the Father is non-negotiable in the execution of our tasks. It must be at the top of our priority list. It cannot be left to chance. It cannot be something we do when we get the time to do it. We must create time for it, have clear plans and time to fellowship and we must follow through with it. Just like Daniel, at the appointed time of fellowship we must leave everything and go fellowship with the Father, no matter what the immediate cost may seem.
Spending time in fellowship would save you more time at work than you input into ifellowship. It would prevent a lot of hassle and stress in the execution of your task and keep you full of ideas on what to do. Be wise. Fellowship is more important than you think!
Heavenly Father, thank You for the privilege and honour to fellowship with You. Thank You for making me ever worthy to stand before You and to bask in Your glory. I acknowledge the importance of fellowship in the execution of my assignment on earth. I choose this day to value fellowship above all things and to fellowship with You even in the most hectic of times. Thank You for increased grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Hebrews 10: 25 not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching. (AMP)
Ecclesiastes 9:11 I also saw other things in this life that were not fair. The fastest runner does not always win the race; the strongest soldier does not always win the battle; wise people don’t always get the food; smart people don’t always get the wealth; educated people don’t always get the praise they deserve. When the time comes, bad things can happen to anyone! (ERV)
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68