Thursday, November 21
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
Have you come to the place in your life where the good things you once enjoyed doing for others have become taxing and laborious? It’s not uncommon for the opportunities you once prayed for to take on a sense of obligation. Maybe you used to enjoy serving in a particular role at your church, or volunteering at a local charity. But, as time has gone on, for whatever reason, have the feelings of gratitude you once had for being allowed to serve given way to a sense of duty or obligation. Whether it be lack of appreciation from those you’re serving or serving alongside, the newness wearing off, or just an increase busy-ness of everyday life, the sense fulfillment and gratification you receive from serving others can quickly wear off. Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that Jesus, in spite of the tremendous draw the He had from people, never got to that point. Today’s scripture text gives us the answer as to why. Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to do good. He didn’t rely on His human emotions or physical ability to be who He was called to be. He let the anointing of God on His life fill Him daily for the sole purpose of being a blessing and showing others how much God the Father cared about them. The excitement and emotion that comes with being a vessel of the Lord’s power and love may come and go depending upon outside circumstances. But the joy that He imparts to you will never fade away. While different seasons of life may dictate how and where you serve, a sense of obligation never should. If opportunities to do the things of God have taken on a sense of obligation in your life ask the Holy Spirit to give you a fresh infilling today. He will restore the joy and fulfillment that comes doing the good things of the Kingdom. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff