“6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Oh, be of great joy and cheer, Beloved! In my last blog post I explained how Christians see Christianity not as a journey, but a forgotten destination. In modern believers’ mind heaven is not the end game. Ergo, so many Christians live day to day based upon human strengths and limited resources. Since we’re so self absorbed, we do not focus on Jesus Christ who only matters, but grow distracted and the fruit of our lives wither away. Each of us has a God given purpose and we cannot fulfill our purpose if we’re fixated on living comfortably in this world.
Taking a closer look at Jesus’ life, we can see many parallels between the circumstances surrounding the way Jesus lived and how many of us experience homelessness, loneliness, unemployment, singlehood, and other tragedies. My argument is Jesus concerned Himself entirely with none of these matters, by focusing on the Lord God’s desires, every need of Jesus was met. Our focus, currently is to analyze how Jesus lived the Christian life to the fullest by living a total God dependent life. Let us recognize a few needs Jesus experienced and God met while He lived on Earth.
First, Jesus was unemployed.
Although Joseph, was Jesus’s earthly father and it is Jewish custom for Joseph to teach Jesus his trade, Jesus knew He was sent to Earth to do His Father’s business. Frequently Jesus mentions in scripture, He was here to accomplish His Father’s plan, to do His Father’s business, to fulfill God’s will.
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[a] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Throughout His ministry Jesus was unemployed. The Bible attests to Jesus’ joblessness. Not bound by time or chained to a work master, Jesus lived His natural life to the beat of God’s drum. Nowhere in scripture was Jesus making weekly payments or meeting with his coworkers for lunch.
Instead Jesus relied on God, His Holy Father to support Him daily. According to Matthew 8:20, “20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” There was no cozy home, apartment, or a little cottage for Jesus to rest His head after a long day of preaching, like most preachers. Jesus did not have a house to decorate, rearrange, or often have little meetings with his neighbors. Jesus abandoned these conventions for a higher calling, to obey His Holy Father and follow in this calling to be the Savior of the world. Jesus truly did live by God’s hand, exhibited through the kind and faithful acts of His loyal supporters. One story in the Bible, Jesus comes to the home of Martha and Mary after the resurrection of Lazarus for food (Luke 7:36-50), another notable story is when Jesus fed Himself, His disciples, and the 5,000 through the loaves of bread and fish (Mark 6:30-44).
Jesus knew about homelessness, unemployment, and hunger, yet He did not worry or shed a concern. Why? He is the Son of God, and Beloved, you’re a child of God. It is God’s parental duty to take care of every single one of your financial, physical, and spiritual needs. Unlike our earthly parents, God is the perfect parent; He is holy, divine, and never makes a mistake.
For it is written
“19 God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 29:13)
God is not bound by the rules of natural law. Above humanity, the Lord God is outside of time, space, and being the Creator and we the creation we’re enchained to the limitations of the physical. He knows our needs before we speak it. Unlike people, even Christians we fall short in keeping our word, sometimes friends and strangers call our character into question.
On the contrary God never breaks His promises. The Bible says, “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” (Deut 7:9) God has kept promises to mankind since the very beginning of our existence. God gave Hannah a son (1 Sam 1), Abraham a son (Gen 20-21); He made David (2 Sam 5), King as He promised; and He brought the Israelites out of Egypt (Ex 5-13). He sent Jesus and resurrected Him, therefore saving all mankind! What God has promised He will do it, God is bound by His Word to complete and accomplish the objective of what His Word says. Today I challenge you to trust God. Because putting your trust, your faith in God is the safest and best place for your faith to be. Furthermore, lying is not in the nature of God, for God never had to change His mind or repent to anyone as if He is a sinner.
As God watched His Son’s movements in heaven, observing Christ resurrecting the dead, and healing the ill; God also made a way for Mary and Martha to open their home to Him. As the Lord meticulously planned out Christ’s life on Earth, the Lord God will do the exact same for you. If you’re struggling to meet ends meet, provide for your family, I encourage you to put God first, in word and deed. God is faithful to His word above all else.
Another component we share in relation to Christ was Jesus was alone.
No one is born married. Jesus experienced the same contentions we folks endure this modern day. Jesus being both the Son of God and the Son of Man; He was full Deity encased in human flesh. Jesus experienced hunger, thirst, abandonment, and there is another aspect I wanted to touch on, which is loneliness. Loneliness is not a sin. It is the company of pain, recognizing we are missing out on comfort, support, and emotional stability. Remember God saw Adam was lonely in companionship, thus He created Eve, for He saw it was not good for man to be without a helpmate. Marriage is a wonderful gift and ministry. A person lovingly given to us from God.
Although I do not believe Jesus surrendered to loneliness here on Earth, He himself the Deity God of course could not find anyone like Him on Earth. More so, Jesus had to endure singlehood as many of us have to as well. The focus is not Jesus held a desire to be married but He did not have a suitable companion or friend to share His thoughts. Think about it. How many times in the Bible, did Jesus have to tell His Disciples He was going to die? How many times did Jesus say you will not understand this now, but you will later?
“ 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” (John 13:7)
Remember Jesus for at least over thirty years lived on Earth, although Jesus still had the connection with the Father, it is not the same as being in the presence of God. He was separate from the Father and on Earth with us. Jesus patiently endured being on Earth. This was a mission, not a vacation. Jesus was sent to Earth on business; He came not to heal us from sicknesses, exorcise demons, bring together the disciples, Jesus came to die. Jesus knew this when He came to Earth.
Oh Beloved do not take my word for it. The Scriptures are the Word of God. God’s Word is truth and the Holy Spirit shall grant us clarity and understanding. For it is written in Matthew 26:36-40:
“36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.”
Jesus clearly felt discomfort in His soul brought on by Judas’s betrayel and His disciples lack of understanding the gravity of the situation. His spirit was down cast as He went to go pray, for He knew His gruesome crucifixion would begin. Although Jesus never placed His faith in man, the pain of betrayal wore on His mind, as the appointed time of His death drew closer. Jesus prayed to God. As Jesus depended on God’s power to perform miracles, He knew He desperately need God’s comfort and guidance to endure the momumental suffering and persecution at the Cross. Jesus’s heart felt “sorrowful and troubled”, He even spoke “my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” and yet when Jesus desired for His disciples to keep watch with Him. They fell asleep.
At Christ’s lowest moment, men had failed, but God did not. This real life event is explained not to bring pity, but a greater understanding. Christ suffered on Earth, so shall we. We are not exempt from persecution at the hands of racist or discriminatory neighbors, abandonment from spouses and grief over loved ones. The cup God passed to His Son was for Him, now whether your cup is sweet or bitter; do not despair. Find counsel in God’s presence, He is faithful. He will carry you through. Storms shall come, troubles will enter our lives, revealing those who are loyal and unloyal to us.
In this world numerous believers suffer from loneliness in spite of each us feeling at one point or another we’re the only outcast. Whatever the circumstances of your season or how you’re experiencing loneliness, believe Jesus Christ felt these emotions and pressures to give into discouragement and disappointment. As Jesus earnestly went to the Father, we need to follow His example, single or not. Happy or sad. Regardless, if Christ completely depended on God, how much more should we rely on Him.
Thus bringing us into a next set of questions:
What about Jesus’ societal standing? What if we lack the career, education, and power in this world?
People are thrown asunder due to the the hype surrounding a progressive career or posessing a reputation in the community. If we do not attain an education, then we’re seen as dim witted or ignorant, without a notable reputation in the community, people believe doors will not be opened for them. Yes, career, education and money shows ambition and achievement. However, men obsess over perception, people are married to their image to society and it has brought humanity to ruin. We’re a culture hungering after glorification, if we’re not looking good we must take extra steps to be perceived as sexy, wealthy, and worthy of admiration and envy. This is a dangerous game and a distraction dragging hundreds of Christians into carnality.
Jesus held absolutely no societal standing. He was born in a manger. His father, Joseph was a carpenter, and Jesus held no higher education, other than what was basic institution for Jewish boys of the time. Often Pharisees would ridicule him and call him “crazy,” they believed Jesus was of the devil, which is complete blasemphy.
We worry so much about what others think of us. Jesus, on the other hand, was the King of being unbothered. Jesus continually addressed the Pharisees, men of the law, men of power who continuously tried outsmarting Him. Therein Jesus made them look silly and then exited stage left. It is not Jesus believed His enemies did not deserve redemption, quite false, Jesus died for all and wanted all people to believe in Him and have eternal life. It is His faith in God’s purpose which was a driving force in what Jesus did on Earth and how He lived. He believed His purpose to suffer and resurrect was far greater than trying to please men. Jesus held the proper perspective, so when the time arrived for Christ to fulfill His destiny; Jesus’ life appeared to the world to encircle in chaos, but Christ remained in peace.
“25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)
Therefore we we care too much about the opinions of others, our self esteem becomes constrained to how people perceive us. We cautiously think about how we behave around certain people, so we can elicit the desired response from said people. Everyday, the standard grows higher because people are insatiable we’re always wanting more, trying to please our egos. Jesus on the other hand, did not care about how the world perceived Him. Jesus knew the only Person worth pleasing was the Lord God. He sought to make sure every action He committed on Earth brought glory to the One sitting on the throne. Knowing we’re placed on Earth, to live for God and His purposes only, sets us free from the opinions of friends.
People pleasing is a losing game. Men are insatiable meaning men are never satisfied. We’re a culture hoping from one drug, to a new cosmetics brand, to new clothes, because we’re searching for something or someone to fill the emptiness in our souls. When we lack the proper perspective, people become our gods dooming ourselves to a life of servitude and misery.
Beloved I encourage you, see your life from Christ’s vantage point. Not a web shooting out to a dozen different areas but all points pointing to the only person who matters, God. Jesus Christ possesses a complete knowledge about worry and fear, though these things plagued His steps, Jesus did not give into sin. Jesus Christ was perfect, at every opportunity where He could have folded. At His lowest point Jesus doubled down, relying on God the Father to bring Him through His hardest ordeal.
This is why Christ Jesus orders us to not worry. God provided Christ Jesus with all His necessary needs throughout His life, food from His supporters (John 4:7-8), ministry and comfort from the angels (Matt 4:11), even His body was properly prepared and laid to rest (John 19:38-41). Finally, Jesus after accomplishing all, He rose with all power and glory. Let Jesus’s life attest to the truth where if He needed God and He is God, then we ourselves need Him too. Jesus knows the pressures of society to look good, have a husband, and provide for our families, yet trusting His life to God; Jesus forevermore is wrapped in eternal glory.
“34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
Leave your worries, now at the foot of the Lord God, go take care of the most precious thing in your life, your relationship with God. God cares about you so much, more than anyone ever can or will.
Copyright © 2018 by A Meeting at the Well
How to Allow God to Meet Your Needs?
- Find a quiet place.
- On a sheet of paper, ask the Holy Spirit to show you what your needs are.
- Ask the Lord God to show you how to meet those needs. For example, if you are unemployed, ask God to direct you to job applications to fill out and submit. Keep in mind there is a difference between waiting and being still, and doing nothing and waiting “magically” for God to make a move.
- Ask God to rearrange your life, so you can keep Him first.
- Pray continously over those needs. Thank God in advance. Obeying God’s instructions.
- Branch out contact to godly churches, neighbors, and friends.