Proverbs says it is wisdom to gain counsel from others. However, when it comes to calling, beware of counseI that is rooted in mercy alone.
Following Your Path, Not Someone Else’s
But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” (Matt 6:23).
When God calls you to walk down a certain path, He gives you, and only you, the grace for that assignment. Do not let others sway you out of sympathy or reasoning.
God called me to walk a path that others could not understand. At first, I listened to their counseI, thinking what they said made logical sense. But it did not sit well in my spirit. Even my most trusted mentor questioned my position and confided in me he could not walk such a path. At that moment I realized something. God gave me, and only me, the grace for this assignment. I had to avoid asking input because no one else would encourage me to follow this path because their love and sympathy wanted to spare me of the perceived pain of my decision.
Peter did the same with Jesus. He thought he knew what was best for Jesus. Yes, it would have saved Jesus from suffering. But suffering was required in this case. It was the Father’s plan that had to be fulfilled. The salvation of the human race was dependent upon Jesus to complete His assignment. We, like Jesus, learn obedience through our suffering (Heb 5: 8).
The apostle Paul understood this principle when he was instructed by the Lord to go to Jerusalem. Agabus, a prophet, proclaimed he would be beaten if he went. Paul knew his assignment and stood his ground. “Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done” (Acts 21:12-15).
You can rarely please others and fulfill God’s plan at the same time, because most people are not committed to God’s plan if it requires a death in themselves or in those they are close to. Rare is the individual who voluntarily offers themselves or their friends the cross.
Do not look to man to console you in an assignment that only the giver of the assignment can console.
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