On Sunday our preacher spoke about the purpose of Jesus’ coming amongst us and ‘His hour’.
When we look at the words “My hour has not yet come”, we need to understand that it is not a literal hour, it is phrase used. Simply look at John 2:4 in the ‘NLT’ and the words translated from Greek are “My time has not yet come”, in ‘The Living New Testament’ it says, “It isn’t yet My time for miracles.” ‘The Amplified’ uses the phrase, “My time (to act) has not come yet”. We are called to act more than once. But the difficult part for us is to know what act we are called to do and when, (our time to act).
Jesus knew what His purpose was and when His times were to act. He did many acts which include His many healings and miracles His teaching and His enlightenment for us to know Him, to fall in love with Him and by faith to follow Him, then came His final act, ‘His time to fulfil His purpose’, “Father the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you”. (John 17:1)
We know that by faith we are saved, “Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned” [Acts 6:16], but our faith has to be lived. “I tell you the truth anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works because I am going to the Father.” [John 14:12].
When we are saved we then become adopted children of God, but we do not have that same foreknowledge and intimate connection with God as Jesus has. We do however, have the opportunity to get close to God by listening to Him and fulfilling the purpose He has for us. “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.” (James 1:22,23)
This is the difficult part for many Christians. We need to not only talk to God, but we need to listen to Him. We all know how to say, “I want”, “Please give me”, “Please do this”, or “Please do that for me”, but amidst our cries for help, provision and healing, we need to stop and listen to our Father in heaven. The words, “father knows best’ is never truer than here. God talks to us and guides us in so many different ways and we must not expect Him to talk to us in exactly the same way that He talks to someone else.
The most obvious way that He talks to us all, is through ‘His Word’ the bible, which we need to keep reading because one day you will read a passage and it means nothing to us but the next time we read it, we receive a message that may speak to us as loud as someone yelling in our ear.
So, ‘The Word’ gives us the rules and parameters of our life and the direction to travel but we are called for more than that and this is where the seed that falls on good soil is separated from other seed. Jesus specifically said to us, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” (Mark 16:15).
This is where we say, “But how do I know what I have to do?”
Like I said a bit earlier, ‘We need to stop and listen to our Father in Heaven’ and Jesus told us that He would send His helper, “When the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” (John 16:13).
The Holy Spirit give us his gifts and when we stop and listen to his voice, not once, not twice but all the time, in faith; he will guide us, doors will be opened, others will be closed, and we will be prompted to act, probably more than once and this is our hour, our time.
So, has your hour come?
God bless you all