A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, January 23, 2014
“And He [Jesus] said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.” – Luke 9:3
Today’s message serves as the conclusion of our three-part expedition on this most-important revelation concerning our journey with God. If you have not already done so, please read part one and part two before continuing on, so you don’t miss a single morsel of this much-needed spiritual nourishment.
What journey was Jesus talking about? The first important clue is the original meaning of the word “the” referencing this journey. This word (the), as used here, comes from the Greek to (pr. to), and means “your, he, she” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). This journey is for each person; and each person’s journey in Christ is highly personal, as God is a God of relationship. God desires an intimate relationship with each of His children.
I love my son, as all parents should and hopefully do. Because I love him dearly and with all of my heart, I want to be involved in his life; therefore, I make sure that I am (probably more than he wants me to be!). Hey, I am A-Okay with that. I have been accused of being a helicopter parent; and you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way (albeit I hover a little too close to the ground sometimes :-) ).
God greatly desires to have a special and close relationship with each of us. And I want God involved in every aspect and area of my life: from the minutest detail to the largest parts. He can hover as close as He wants to; as there is no such thing as too close or too much when it comes to my relationship with my loving Heavenly Father. I wouldn’t have it any other way, and neither should you!
The Greek word for “journey” used in this verse is hodos (pr. hod-os), meaning “a mode or means.” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “mode” as “a form or manner of expression, a manifestation, form or arrangement of being”; and further defines “means” as “to have in the mind as a purpose, to direct to a particular individual, to serve or intend to convey, to have an intended purpose.”
Apart from Jesus Christ, we have no real purpose. Solomon, the richest man who ever lived; and even by today’s standard would be a trillionaire, lamented that he had everything he could ever want; but counted it all “meaningless under the son” if God wasn’t part of it (Ecclesiastes). And just as Jesus instructed His disciples not to take two tunics, so He instructs us. A second tunic is a back-up plan; and when you travel with God, you don’t need a plan B.
Are you hearing me, family? So many people walk around empty inside, and turn to worldly pleasures which only provide momentary relief, because they are trying to satisfy a longing—a longing created when mankind fell, which is the longing of man for his God, his Creator. If this is you, my brother and sister, then it is time for you to satisfy your thirst by drinking deep from the Rivers of Living Water. “Jesus answered, ‘whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life’” (John 4:14).
We were created in the Image of God, for the purpose of being His praise, and wearing the expression of His Son, Jesus Christ, “the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
Are you ready to walk in real purpose, my brother? Are you ready to drink and be satisfied from the eternal spring, my sister? Are you willing to take nothing, family? Then get ready to walk with the Savior of the world, as He takes you on your journey of a lifetime.
Father, thank You that You demonstrated your love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). We call to You to meet our every need, to satisfy our every desire, and to be our everything. We are ready to take nothing, because the world has nothing to offer us; but in You every need is met, because Your life is abundant. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we thirst no more because our purpose is in You, and we drink from your Rivers of Living Water. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to drink from the Father’s Rivers of Living Waters each and every day. Taste and see that the Lord is good! (Psalm 34:8). Choose to trust the Lord your God with all of your heart and to not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). And continue to fight the good fight of walking in your true purpose, Jesus Christ; for God, your Eternal Destination, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.