“For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends.”
John 15:13 TPT
I’ve pondered on this for a week now.
Allowing what Holy Spirit went before me to write months ago, to permeate every situation this truth would be needed in today.
Finally, this morning was the concrete answer.
Since opening this last week, I was led to the Good Samaritan in Luke 10, as the situation I was in regarded whether I should go to church and leave my husband to fend for himself while working through a transition,
Or literally stay at home and minister to Jesus and my husband from there.
After arriving in Luke 10 that morning, I was led to back track through the previous four or five chapters,
And I realized, the Spirit wanted to minister to me right there.
Ministry is the crossroads of where you are with Jesus, to where you are going.
It involves the people along the way.
This Samaritan, an unlikely hero, was in the right, contrary to the religious folk who just passed on by, too busy to meet the need.
They were more focused on where they were going.
It’s easy to get caught up in self when it seems, “we’re really going places.”
Even when they look like places of ministry.
Ask me how I know.
So, that was that.
Again, the Word settled me, because the Word is forever settled in Heaven.
I just simply drew from my Heavenly account.
Walking on, I was led to and through a funeral, where everything inside of me wanted to raise the man from death.
But everything outside of me was screaming “save yourself.”
From persecution of what some may say, to pain, literally in my body.
The enemy can see where your headed.
Although he doesn’t have all the answers, he will do whatever it takes to concoct a storm to get you sidetracked.
So he hopes.
And sadly, I let it knock me around.
I looked at the winds and waves instead of keeping my eyes on Jesus.
Instead of going, I stayed.
I stayed in my mind.
And as a man thinks in his heart so is He.
Your thoughts will determine your actions.
I stayed meditating on the stuff.
Instead of going in the Grace and empowerment of Jesus’ Spirit,
I stayed silent and fearful in my mind.
But Praise the Greater One inside of me.
He reached out His hand, (through another member of His body-
To me, and reminded me that though I may fail, I’m not a failure.
Jesus Never fails.
Which brings me to today.
The new day, He gives us every morning.
And where I’m being led,
When asking again, should I stay or should I go.
There’s one verse in this that illuminated and answered it all:
“So, when you pray in your private prayer language, don’t hoard the experience for yourself. Pray for the insight and ability to bring others into that intimacy. If I pray in tongues, my spirit prays but my mind lies fallow, and all that intelligence is wasted. So what’s the solution? The answer is simple enough. Do both. I should be spiritually free and expressive as I pray, but I should also be thoughtful and mindful as I pray. I should sing with my spirit, and sing with my mind. If you give a blessing using your private prayer language, which no one else understands, how can some outsider who has just shown up and has no idea what’s going on know when to say “Amen”? Your blessing might be beautiful, but you have very effectively cut that person out of it.”
1 Corinthians 14:13-17 MSG
Do you see it?
Stay and Go.
The Samaritan stayed with the man for a while, and then he went on His way after having dealt with the issue at hand.
What the Spirit of God has ministered to me is that when we bypass the issues and situations at hand, trying to save ourselves–
They will come up again.
Kind of like the song.
Should I stay or should I go now..if I go there will be trouble but if I stay it will be double.
We will always have to face challenges.
If we don’t face them here, we will face them there.
God is using every aspect of our lives to drive out the works of the enemy.
That’s what Jesus started, and that’s what He will finish,
In and through us!