Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.'

Luke 9:1-2

These 'twelve' were just ordinary men living ordinary lives like you and me. Then, we read, 'one day' something extraordinary happened to them. Jesus called them together and gave them power. Their lives from that point on were changed. They were no longer 'ordinary men' they were men who had received God's power. Their focus in life had changed. They were now being sent out to tell everyone about the kingdom of God.

Does such a word not make us feel ashamed? When Jesus comes to us He comes with power to change us from ordinary people into the extraordinary! Our Saviour is not dead or far away and so when He draws near and speaks to us He brings energy and action.
It is vital as Christians we hear Him or we could become like the five virgins who slumbered and slept and when the Master finally came they weren't prepared.

Luke's Gospel tells us 'consider carefully how you listen' (8:18).
Has He already spoken to you; given you power and yes even sent you out? Yet, somehow you have missed it; become distracted with the 'cares and and riches and pleasures of this life. And so 'you' never grow into maturity.' Luke 8:14

Shake off this unreality! Seek His Presence! Seek Him until your soul is vibrantly alive with His Power. Until your focus in life is no longer on yourself and the small things of life but on telling men about the kingdom of God!