How can you prepare to move?
Mark 1: 9-15 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted[g] by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. 14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
How can you prepare for a move of you?
Every day many step into new roles and chapters of their life unprepared. They have not got themselves ready for what lies ahead. How did Jesus prepare himself?
- He knew where he had come from, v9
In Nazareth: Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and men, Luke 2:52
In Nazareth: It literally means ‘hidden place’, Nathanael had questioned whether anything good could come out of this town (John 1:46).
In Nazareth: It was a place where he was rejected (Luke 4:14).
In Nazareth: He was reminded of it throughout his life, it was what he was known as ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ and when he died it was what was written above his head (John 19:19).
Where are you from? It may not be pretty but it doesn’t matter where you are from but who you are. Your past may not be great and it may live with you for your entire life but it doesn’t have to hold you back.
- He had the Spirit on him, v10
A dove is more than peace. It was a poor man’s sacrificial animal for the Temple; it was what Noah sent out to determine if the floodwaters had receded and it is a term of endearment in the Song of Songs. The Spirit was telling him that He would be sent out as a sacrifice of love. Whatever we do wherever we go it is the same for us.
- He knew appreciation and acceptance, v11
We need to know who we are, who we belong to. Man’s praise will always fall short. Though we enjoy it we must not crave it. What God thinks of us is enough. We are loved and appreciated by Him.
- Jesus had conviction to go and stay v12-13
Jesus firmly believed what the Spirit was telling and sending him. He was so convinced it was like he had no option. Many go but not many stay, the resilient are few. The season may be long and we may come against the enemies within the wilderness but we do not give up.
- Jesus understood that circumstances can be indicators.
Failure does happen, the unexpected negative episode does happen. John’s ministry ended, he would never leave the prison. Jesus used the bad, upsetting circumstance as the sign that the time is now. Let these things be the springboard for you to move. Let go of people that have left you for whatever reason.