by Kathleen Whitten
“After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, ‘Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.’ Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make Him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.” (John 6:14-15)
Upon seeing Jesus’ power and miracles, the Jewish people wanted Him to become their earthly king. Knowing that this was not God’s plan for His life, Jesus withdrew to be by Himself so He could commune with God.
Similarly, there will be times that people will try to make you be what you are not. Upon seeing your God-given capabilities, talents or even your heart toward a certain matter, they may want you to be someone or do something that God has not intended for you to be or do.
It can be both flattering and confusing. But what should we do in those situations? Jesus is our example: withdraw from the crowd, get by yourself, and commune with God.
The talents, abilities, and even resources God has given us fulfill a wonderful purpose in His kingdom and for His glory. Our wholeness, joy, peace and true self flourishes when we are in God’s plan and not simply fulfilling the plans or needs of others.
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