John the Baptist knew he had been commissioned by God for a specific task. He would, no doubt have been aware of the supernatural circumstances that surrounded his birth, and possibly the prophetic words his father spoke over his life. But apart from these he declares, “I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me…… told me.” (John 1:33) He knew he had baptised the Messiah, who he acclaimed as the Son of God, the Lamb of God. In one way he had fulfilled that “sending”, and was content to decrease and see Jesus’ influence and ministry grow stronger.
I found myself asking, “What have I been sent to, and been told to do at this time of life?” Have I a strong sense of having been commissioned for a purpose already defined, and am I doing what I have been sent for?
I can only answer for myself – seasons change, but each of us must be able to live with a divine commission – otherwise we are in danger of being driven by need or become self-indulgent and lazy.
It is much easier to say “No” to something when you have already got a clear idea of what you should be involved with. Keeping focus is all important and keeping in touch with today’s commission from our Father is vital if we are to be fruitful. Jesus was clear in that He only did what He saw the Father doing, and then only did what the Father told Him to do.
There are works prepared before the foundation of the earth specifically for you to do. Living with that sense of destiny is fulfilling and exciting, whatever your age! Don’t waste the precious time and resources God has given to you. Find out what he has prepared and is sending you to accomplish.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
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