From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
God may have given you a fun job like teaching children how to grow a garden or teaching children how to swim. If you like what God has called you to do, great. Enjoy it.
However, God sometimes gives us jobs that aren’t all that fun. But we still have to obey.
It’s easy to love the lovely ones, but we’re supposed to love the unlovely too. We’re supposed to forgive our siblings when they eat our ice cream, but we’re supposed to forgive the drunk driver who killed someone too.
Sometimes love is hard work.
Jesus didn’t enjoy his sufferings, but he did it willingly because we needed him to. When we needed someone to take our sins to the cross for us, he did it because he was the only who could.
Someone in your life needs love from you, or forgiveness, or courage, or something that only you can provide for them. But the only way you’ll be able to accomplish all you were put on the earth to perform is through the strength of God.
There are tasks that are assigned to only you. But you won’t be able to succeed in accomplishing them unless you allow God to do it through you.
How did the disciples perform miracles? Only through the power of God.
How are you going to perform miracles for the people in your life? If you are acting according to God’s plan, listening to Him, obeying Him, trusting in His strength, you will be amazed at how God can work His power through you.
If you enjoy the intimacy of a relationship with God and you discipline yourself to obey Him, He will use you.